The Chairman, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Alhaji Zikrullah Kunle Hassan has received the Oxford Astra-Zeneca vaccine alongside commissioners, management and staff of the Commission against COVID-19.
This was disclosed by NAHCON’s Head of Public Affairs, Fatima Sanda Usara, today 29 March 2021.
Hitherto, the Commission had sent letters advising State Pilgrims’ Welfare Boards (SPWB) and intending pilgrims to register and receive jabs of the vaccine under their respective state government allocations.
This move followed an advisory letter from the National Primary Health Care Development Agency expressing fear that if intending pilgrims miss this first phase of vaccination, the time frame may be insufficient for them to receive the second dose before the 2021 Hajj season.
It is therefore recommended that intending pilgrims wishing to participate in the 2021 Hajj seize the opportunity of the on-going inoculation exercise to be vaccinated. Some SPWBs have already commenced vaccination of their registered pilgrims in alliance with their respective state governments.”
After receiving his jab of the vaccine, Chairman Zikrullah expressed gratitude for witnessing the day, stressing that he feels fine.
He encouraged whoever wishes to participate in the year’s Hajj to have hope and start preparing by first availing themselves for vaccination as exemplified by NAHCON.
The vaccines were administered to the Chairman and others in the Hajj House, headquarters of NAHCON. Vaccination is free and harmless as confirmed by experts.