Dr. Cyprian Nyong, of the National Hospital, Abuja, has made history as the first front-line health worker to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Nigeria, when he took the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine.
The vaccination was flagged off by the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari at the National Hospital Abuja.
In a speech shortly after the inoculation, Dr. Nyong, who has been at the Isolation Center since March last year, expressed regrets the he lost his father to the pandemic.
In an address, Minister of State for Health, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora said Nigeria was on the verge of ensuring that all its citizens received the vaccination.
Dr. Mamora noted that in a pandemic situation the ultimate was the use of Vaccine.
He thanked all COVID-19 partners, frontline workers, arms of government, and the media for their support in the fight against COVID-19.
All protocols were put in place to ensure the safety needed in administering the vaccine.