PROFESSOR of Virology, Oyewale Tomori, has called on government officials to be among the first to take the COVID-19 vaccines when they arrive in Nigeria.
Tomori said such a move would convince Nigerians about the safety of the vaccines which are expected to arrive today.
Disclosing this to the media today, the virologist said citizens would be more convinced to be part of the exercise when they see officials of government getting the jabs.
“Let’s see some of those government people take the vaccines and then we’ll watch them and see whether they survive or they don’t survive. Then gradually, we begin to build up people’s immunity,” he said.
“But tell me to go and get the vaccine and then you are taking your own children to Dubai to go and take another vaccine, of course, I will not believe in you.
Do it openly at the Eagles Square. Get the big people there, the legislature, whatever, then we’ll convince our people that it is safe to take.” He stated.
Tomori said once the leaders have been vaccinated, people will start to have confidence in the vaccines.
“It is a gradual thing, over time people will now begin to say these guys that have gotten it did not die, did not fall sick, therefore, I can go there and take it. That’s what we need to do. Leadership in this country has to come from the top,” Tomori noted; adding that apart from the health workers, the country needs to get its leaders to come out openly and take the vaccine.