– A few days after Nigeria finally received its first batch of COVID-19 vaccine, a doctor has got his jab
– Dr. Ngong Cyprian of National Hospital, Abuja is the first recipient of the vaccination in Nigeria
– The medical doctor was given the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 on Friday, March 5, in Abuja
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A report by the Voice of Nigeria says that Dr. Ngong Cyprian has become the first person to be given a COVID-19 vaccine in the country.
Legit.ng gathered that Dr. Cyprian of the National Hospital, Abuja, is also Nigeria’s first health worker to receive the jab.
He received the jab during a launching ceremony of the COVID-19 vaccination exercise on Friday, March 5, at the National Hospital, Abuja.
Dr. Faisal Shuaib, the executive director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) administered the serum to Dr. Cyprian.
The medical doctor was given one of the 3.92 million doses of Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine that would be administered in the coming weeks.
He has been at the isolation centre since February 2020, when the virus was first detected in Nigeria.
Speaking after his vaccination, the doctor said he has dreamt of taking the vaccine and he feels good, Channels TV reports.
1st batch of COVID-19 vaccine arrives Nigeria
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the first batch of Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines arrived at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, the NPHCDA announced.
The health agency announced the vaccine’s arrival via its official Twitter handle on Tuesday, March 2.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s personal assistant on new media, Bashir Ahmad, also announced the vaccine’s arrival via Twitter.
Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine approved
Prior to its arrival, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) had approved the the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for use in Nigeria.
NAFDAC’s director-general, Mojisola Adeyeye, made the announcement on Thursday, February 18, President Buhari’s new media aide stated on Twitter.
Legit.ng gathers that Adeyeye also stated that the vaccine can be stored at 2 to 8-degree centigrade.
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