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COVID-19: FG reaffirms commitment to release eligible Nigerians

By Aderogba George

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) on Friday reaffirmed the federal government’s commitment to vaccinate every eligible Nigerian against COVID-19.

Mr. Bawa Abba, National COVID-19 Vaccination Supervisor in Adamawa, NPHCDA, spoke at Yola, Adamawa, on the sidelines of a “Media Dialogue on Routine Immunization, Post-Polio Certification and three-day COVID-19 vaccination ”.

The meeting was organized by the Information Office on Children’s Rights (CRIB) of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture in collaboration with UNICEF.

According to Abba, as the FG strives to make COVID-19 vaccines available and ensure that Nigerians get vaccinated, as many as two million Nigerians have so far been vaccinated across states and the territory of the federal capital with the Astrazeneca vaccine.

He noted, however, that the official NPHCDA server could put the figure at 1,051,096, as of Thursday, April 15, 2021 but that the current number of vaccinated people eligible with the facility has crossed two million.

“We have two sources of data. We have the call data which is data that we have received at the establishment level.

“We have the one on the NPHCDA server. We are working on downloading the remaining data from the facility levels.

“These are raw data from the field that have not been processed. The difference is currently being processed, ”he said.

He further revealed that states that covered 50% of their population have been asked to halt vaccination (stop) for the time being.

“This is to ensure the availability of the vaccine for those who need to take the second dose of the Astrazeneca vaccine, also adding that the government is currently prioritizing potential pilgrims,” ​​he said.

According to him, without receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, a future pilgrim will not be allowed to go on a pilgrimage.

“And if you get a brand of vaccine that we don’t have in Nigeria, it could really be a problem when you come to Nigeria.”

Abba also noted that whenever the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine enters the country, it would complement the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Regarding the U.S. suspension of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, Abba said there were always side effects that varied from person to person for each vaccine or drug given to people.

He said that, based on NPHCDC‘s observation so far, acceptance of the COVID-19 vaccine has resumed despite initial hesitation about the vaccine by members of the public. (NOPE)

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