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Governors to be vaccinated publicly on March 10 after the president and vice-president on Saturday

Governors and their deputies in the 36 states will receive the COVID-19 vaccine in public on March 10.

The decision was reached on Thursday, after an emergency meeting to discuss the distribution of the vaccine.

In a statement on Thursday, Kayode Fayemi, chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) and governor of Ekiti, said the governors promised that the necessary measures will be in place to ensure effective distribution of the vaccine.

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The meeting was attended by the secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha; Osagie Ehanire, health minister; and Chikwe Ihekweazu, director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

“State governors [have] committed to working with the federal government to ensure required cold chain setup, trained personnel, and security of the vaccine rollout are in place,” the statement reads.

The SGF told the governors that the vaccine is safe for people older than 18 years and that the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) is conducting tests to confirm if the vaccine is safe for rollout.

Adding that frontline workers will receive their vaccination alongside the president and vice-president on Saturday.

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