- The federal government has announced that it will continue its nationwide COVID-19 vaccination campaign
- This was announced by the executive director of the National The Primary Health Care Development Agency ( NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib
- Nigeria will also resume administration of the first dose of the vaccine, which was suspended on Monday, May 24th
Abuja, FCT – As the fight against the global coronavirus pandemic continues, the Nigerian government announced on Tuesday, June 15, announced that the country is expected to receive an additional 3.92 million doses of Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine.
Shuaib said the vaccines that would cushion the effects of the ongoing COVID-19 vaccine campaign in Nigeria is expected in the country in late July or early August 2021.
He also said the Fres is expected to have a batch of Im vaccines would trigger the activation of the suspended first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to Nigerians across the country.
The administration of the first doses of the vaccine was restricted by the federal government due to the limited vaccine availability at this point in time to allow those who had their first vaccinations to get their second vaccination.
The need for full vaccination
Experts have recommended giving people two doses of the Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to ensure full protection from the deadly virus.
In addressing Journalists in Abuja told the NPHCDA chief that 1,978,808 of the eligible Nigerians selected so far have their first dose of Oxford-Astrazeneca. received COVID-19 vaccine.
Shuaib urged those who received their first vaccinations to check their vaccination records and make sure they complete their vaccinations, said, that 680,345 people also received the second dose of their vaccines.
“I will once again remind the audience that We advise all Nigerians who have received their first dose to check their vaccination records for the date of their first dose and to ensure they receive the second dose between 6 and 12 weeks after their first dose in order to receive full protection against COVID -19. “
” Please note that in some cases the position of your second dose may differ from your first dose. Please confirm this. “
Resumption of COVID-19 first dose administration
In addition, Shuaib announced that the administration of the first doses of the The federal government’s originally suspended vaccine will be resumed today, June 15.
He said the federal government officially discontinued vaccination for the first dose on May 24, 2021 Since then has been showered with requests from Nigerians to get vaccinated.
“In response, we decided to stop vaccinating for This means that anyone aged 18 or over who has not been vaccinated should go to the nearest vaccination center for the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine. “
” is for such individuals her second dose due in 12 weeks and by then we would have received the next shipment of vaccines . “
He also said that research by Public Health England (PHE) shows that the Indian (Delta) variant B.1.617 .2 is 92 percent susceptible to Oxford -Astrazeneca vaccines.
Noting that the vaccine used in Nigeria can protect against this variant, which causes high morbidity and mortality in India, he said it underscores the need for the country to step up vaccination of more Nigerians.
In a similar development, a Facebook post by the NPHCDA indicates that Dr. Shuaib, in Yola, Adamawa state, recently became the capital to pay a courtesy visit to the state’s deputy governor, Crowther Seth.
During the visit, the duo discussed COVID-19 -The state’s vaccination response and how the agency can continue to help strengthen the health system in Adamawa.
Shuaib said the number of health workers who received the vaccine is 23 percent of Nigerians who received the first dose.
He also encouraged any Nigerian who took their first dose to make sure the second vaccination is complete, to stay completely protected from the virus.
Also in an action for the COVID-19 vaccine administration by the federal government, the president and the vice president along with some other officials have their second dose of imp fstoffs received.
This was announced in a statement from Laolu Akande, spokesman for the Vice President.
Akande said , Professor Yemi Osinbajo received the second vaccination of the COVID-19 vaccine ne in his official residence at Aguda House in the presidential villa.