By Abujah Racheal
As many as 1.13 million shots of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered across 36 Federation and CTF states, officials said.
“As of April 21, 133, 325 representing 56.3 percent of eligible people targeted with the AstraZeneca vaccine have received their first dose in this phase of vaccination,” he said.
The NPHCDA said those who received their first vaccine include health workers, frontline workers including; security guards, port of entry personnel, justice, gas station workers, contingency officers and strategic leaders.
He noted that some states were going even further to immunize volunteer retirees, people aged 70 and over, teachers and journalists during the same period.
The agency said Lagos State was the only state to have inoculated more than 200,000 residents during this first phase of vaccination in the country.
She added that the federal government had ordered states not to exceed 50 percent vaccine use, in order to allow a second dose to those who took the first.
“The remaining 50% reserved for the agency’s cold chain store will be administered eight to 12 weeks from the date of the first doses.
“We have ensured that only those who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the current phase are vaccinated,” he said.
Meanwhile, the agency advised Nigerians to check their vaccination cards for their next appointment dates and, if possible, try to visit the same health facilities where they received their initial dose for. their second dose.
He added that people who received the first dose should not pre-register before going to the health facility for the second dose because they have already been captured.
NAN reports that Nigeria began vaccination against COVID-19 on March 5 after receiving 3.94 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine via COVAX, a UN-backed effort that promises access to vaccines free for up to 20% of the population of participating countries.
The country has received an additional 300,000 doses of the Astrazeneca vaccine from the telecommunications giant, MTN and 100,000 doses of the Covishield COVID-19 vaccine from the Indian government.
Meanwhile, the federal government has said the global scarcity of COVID-19 vaccines could delay the administration of the second dose.
He said: “ There is a global shortage of COVID-19 vaccines due to high demand, especially in the countries where they are produced.
“For this reason, we anticipate a delay in the supply of vaccines to Nigeria,” he said. (NOPE)
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