President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo have been vaccinated against COVID-19 virus. The two Nigerian leaders took the jabs on Saturday. Pictures released from the presidency show Buhari and Osinbajo being injected on their upper arms.
The Nigerian government had promised it would first vaccinate top officials to demonstrate the safety of the AstraZenac vaccines and dispel prejudices against it.
However, rumour soon spread President Buhari reacted to the vaccines. But, Garba Shehu, the president’s media assistant, refuted it.
“After he got his jab, the President felt normal and went about doing his job”, said Shehu in his statement.
“If there are side effects that follow, we will be open about that but so far there is nothing of a side effect, serious or mild on the President. He is carrying on as normal.
“We hope this will help to send a strong message among the people, especially those grappling with hesitancy about the efficacy and safety of the vaccine,” Shehu stated.
Other top government officials also vaccinated included Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF); Professor Ibrahim Gambari, Chief of Staff to the President; and Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire.