BY DAYO ADESULU
As Nigerians eagerly expect the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine to the country Monday, March 1, a Professor of Virology, Oyewale Tomori, has advised government officials to first take the COVID-19 vaccines.
According to him, such a move would build the confidence of other Nigerians to take the vaccine.
Professor Oyewale Tomori spoke this morning on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme on Monday.
“Let’s see some of those government people take thee 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.
He said: “You 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
”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,” he said.
“Apart from the health workers, we need to get our leaders to come out there openly and take this vaccine. I would be one of the ones to go there and get the vaccine.”