Just in: COVID-19 vaccination begins in Nigeria as NAFDAC okays AstraZeneca vaccine


The Chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, has, Friday, flagged off the COVID-19 vaccination exercise in the country.

The flag off on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari, saw a Nigerian medical doctor, Dr. Cyprian Nyong, of the National Hospital, Abuja, becoming the first to receive a jab of the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccines.


AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine was the very vaccine approved for Nigerian use by the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the vaccine, after undergoing assessment by the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDC), was confirmed to have positive results.

Dr Cyprian Nyon, the Family Physician, National Hospital, Abuja, was the first person to receive the COVID-19 vaccine immunisation, while the second person was Dr Tahir Yunusa, a Pathologist with University of Abuja Teaching Hospital.

Nyon had been the Head of the COVID-19 Isolation Centre at National Hospital Abuja since February 2020 when the virus was first detected in Nigeria.

The third person was Dr Nuru Samudeen, National Hospital Abuja Family Physician at the Accident and Emergency unit.

The country was now set to go ahead and use the 3.924 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine which arrived the country on March 2 through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government had launched a website where Nigerians could log on and register for the vaccination.

Government, therefore, advised citizens to log on to the website on NPHCDC website.

The healthcare development agency said that “to register for the COVID-19 vaccination, visit our website — nphcda.gov.ng — and click on ‘COVID-19 vaccination e-registration.” / SHARE THIS

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