Victor Osula , Abuja
Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, was one of senior government officials who received the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on Monday.
Professor Gambari’s inoculation came two days after his boss, President Muhammadu Buhari and the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), received theirs.
Other senior government officials who received the jab at the State House Clinic in Abuja on Monday were the Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (Rtd); the Permanent Secretary of the State House, Tijjani Umar; and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu.
Professor Gambari was given the jab at exactly 10:28 am after e-registration and filling out of his vaccination card and sat for 15 minutes according to the routine of vaccination.
He was later presented with vaccination card by the Chief Medical Director of the State House Medical Centre, Dr. Husain Munir.
The vaccine was administered on all of them by the Chief Nursing Officer of the State House Clinic, Esther Ibrahim.
In his remarks, Gambari said the vaccination was painless and that he followed the foot steps of president Buhari who demonstrated leadership alongside his deputy receiving the jabs on Saturday.
He advised eligible Nigerians to take the vaccines assuring that its safe.
He added that the more Nigerians are vaccinated the more we are safe.
Marwa, said the vaccine is painless and he feels good.
He congratulated Nigerians that the vaccines are now in Nigeria, he urged Nigerian to take the vaccine stressing that soon the country will be COVID-19 free.
Recall that the Federal Government had on Saturday hinted that getting COVID-19 vaccination could become a requirement for all international passengers as the fight against the killer infection gathers steam.
The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Mr. Boss Mustapha, said some countries had already started introducing restrictions for receiving visitors.
The public vaccination is to reassure Nigerians of the safety and the efficacy of the vaccines.