President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Saturday received COVID-19 vaccines in front of camera at the State House, Abuja.
Buhari was vaccinated by his personal physician, Dr. Suhayb Sanusi, at about 11.51am at a brief ceremony witnessed by top government officials.
Shortly after the President, Osinbajo was also vaccinated by his personal physician, Dr. Nicholas Audifferen, at about 11.57am.
The President and his deputy were the first among the nation’s political leaders to take the vaccine after some frontline health workers at the treatment centre of the National Hospital, Abuja, were vaccinated on Friday.
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control had early on Friday cleared the 3.924m doses of AstraZeneca vaccine which arrived Nigeria on Tuesday for usage in the country.
Speaking after the vaccination exercise, the President urged Nigerians to trust the process and believe in the efficacy of the vaccines.
He also recommended it to all Nigerians, urging them to make themselves available for the exercise in line with the order of priorities outlined by the relevant authorities, in order to ward off any attack of Coronavirus.