Buhari, Makinde get booster vaccine jabs

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•Infection afflicting the unvaccinated more, says NPHCDA

•President Muhammadu Buhari receiving the booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine from his Personal Physician, Dr Suhayb Rafindadi at the Presidential Villa in Abuja … yesterday. With them is an NCDC official

President Muhammadu Buhari has received his booster dose of Pfizer Biontech vaccine at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Like the first two original jabs, the booster shot was administered on the President by his Chief Personal Physician, Dr. Suhayb Rafindadi.

His vaccination card was thereafter signed by the Director-General of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib.

Also yesterday, Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde received the COVID-19 booster shot to further protect him against ravaging pandemic.

The governor, while kicking off the state COVID-19 mass vaccination campaign at the Aleshinloye Market, called on residents to take advantage of the free service to get vaccinated.

He said the vaccination campaign was another logical step taken by the state to curtail the spread of the virus.He added that the step was based on data and the scientific position that vaccines are safe in protecting people against the worst effects of the virus.

Speaking on the significance of President Buhari’s action, Shuaib said the president was leading by example, being one of the first to receive the booster shot, at the same time passing a message to Nigerians that the vaccines are safe and efficacious.

He called out to Nigerians who are still hesitant about taking the vaccines, pointing out that more than eight million Nigerians had been vaccinated successfully and that vaccinated persons are not likely to die of COVID-19.

Shuaib said: “The evidence is there; over eight million Nigerians have taken the vaccines safely. They are well, they are going about their normal businesses and what we’re seeing from the data is that COVID-19 is now mostly a disease of the unvaccinated. Out of every 10 people that have died, the data shows that eight of them are unvaccinated. So, there’s a greater likelihood of dying from COVID-19, if you’re unvaccinated.

“What Mr. President has done today is again to indicate to all Nigerians that the Federal Government does everything to make sure that only safe and efficacious vaccines are brought into Nigeria, and that when they are brought into Nigeria, we’ll double check to make sure that it fits the very high standards that have been set by NAFDAC.”

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