More than 1.6 million eligible people have been fully vaccinated six months after Nigeria began inoculation of its citizenry against the ravaging coronavirus.
Faisal Shuaib, the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), revealed this at a Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) briefing on Monday.
According to Mr Shuaib, 1,692,315 people have gotten two doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, which was authorized by the WHO (WHO).
He also stated that as of Monday evening, 4,052,756 Nigerians who were eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine had received their first dosage.
“This includes 2,645,020 people who received the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccination and 1,407,736 people who received the first dose of the Moderna vaccine.”
Mr Shuaib stated, “A total of 1,692,315 eligible persons have been fully vaccinated, with a national average of 70.4 percent usage of the 2,000,040 doses of Moderna vaccines we got.”
States have been advised not to exceed their 50% usage rates for Moderna vaccinations, according to Mr Shuaib, in order to save the second doses for people who have previously been vaccinated.
Most states have reached this percentage, according to him, and the objective now is to provide the AstraZeneca vaccine as the first dose vaccine in all states across the country.
He asked states who have yet to publish their vaccination sites to do so via a variety of media outlets, including newspapers, radio, television, and social media, so that people can find them.
“The NPHCDA website, www.nphcda.gov.ng, also has a list of immunization sites across the country.
“Eligible people who are unable to register on their own can go to any approved health facility and our immunization team will assist them,” he said.
He stated that the government will continue to collaborate with partners to ensure that Nigerians receive safe and effective COVID-19 vaccination.
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