President Muhammadu Buhari has received a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, a booster shot, on Tuesday at the State House, Abuja.
The President has assured Nigerians of the safety of vaccines and their effectiveness.
Also given the shots were Vice President Osinbajo, the Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, and the Ministers of Health.
The Director-General of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, stated this while speaking with newsmen in Abuja after the administration of the booster shots.
He said by taking the booster dose of Pfizer Biontech, President Buhari, had led by example, by allaying fears of the hazards of the booster vaccine.
Dr. Faisal said the President’s action was a demonstration of the safety and efficacy of the booster dose.
He called on Nigerians that had received the second dose of Covid-19 to also take the booster dose.
He explained that all vaccines brought in Nigeria had been double-checked to ensure they passed the very high standards set by NAFDAC.
Dr. Faisal advised Nigerians that had received the second dose to get the booster shot at the nearest health facility or vaccination centre.
He however explained that those that had taken the second dose of AstraZeneca, and Moderna vaccines, would have to wait for 6 months before being eligible for the Pfizer Biontech booster dose.
The Director-General said Nigerians, who had got a single shot of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, would be eligible for a booster after two months.
Reporting by Abdullah Bello; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare andTina Oyinsan