The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 says it is necessary for Nigerians to get immunised in opposition to COVID-19 when the vaccines are available.
PTF National Coordinator, Dr Sani Aliyu, cited this when he featured as a visitor on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.
He noted that the Federal Government would make sure as many Nigerians as possible get the vaccines, however that would be accomplished at the individual’s will.
“Government will not press you down and inject you with the vaccine, no; it is going to be voluntary but it will be free and it will be initially for a specific group of people.
“We are going to prioritise healthcare workers; we are going to prioritise the elderly – those above the age of 60… because these are the set of people that are most likely to have severe COVID-19 infection,” the PTF coordinator revealed.
He added, “We look forward to having the vaccine in the coming four weeks and hopefully the first batch will arrive by the end of January, and those people who don’t want to vaccinate, we will try as much as we can to convince them.”
‘My Family Will Take The Vaccine’
Aliyu suggested Nigerians to come out and get vaccinated when they are available, mainly these who format to tour out of the usa for one purpose or the other.
According to him, those who do now not get hold of the vaccines might also be caught when international locations begin to demand a certificate earlier than granting travellers entry in the subsequent six months to a year.
For the PTF coordinator, the implication will be that such person will be unable to travel to Saudi Arabia for hajj, or for Christian pilgrimage in Israel, or on vacation and enterprise journeys to Dubai, China, and South Africa, among other countries.
“If the vaccine used to be on hand these days in this country, I will have it, and my household will have it, and I am very sure that good sized majority of Nigerians will accept the vaccine because the vaccine, collectively with the non-pharmaceutical interventions, is the solely way we can get on pinnacle of this epidemic,” he said.
Aliyu also faulted the insinuations that COVID-19 was now not real, pronouncing more than two dozens of human beings misplaced the hostilities to the virus in the final one week.
He cautioned these spreading such news to desist from it, stressing that the united states suggested alarming figures of proven cases in the previous week.
The PTF coordinator said, “All I can say is (that) 33 human beings died of COVID-19 in the closing one week, are we saying that these humans died for nothing? COVID-19 exists, every body who says COVID-19 does no longer exist is likely residing in a completely extraordinary world.
“The international community, they are not stupid enough to introduce something that will harm their people; these vaccines have been tried.”