By Abujah Racheal
The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has announced that Nigeria has so far vaccinated more than one million eligible people out of its target of 70 percent of the country’s population.
The NPHCDA revealed this on its official Twitter account on Thursday.
The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that in order for the country to achieve collective immunity against COVID-19, it had set an ambitious goal of vaccinating 40% of its more than 200 million people before the end of 2021 and 70% by the end of 2021. end of 2022.
The country launched vaccination on March 5, 2021, starting with health workers who are most at risk of infections, being the first responders.
He noted that the vaccine deployment would take place in four phases, starting with health workers, frontline workers, the COVID-19 rapid response team, the laboratory network, police officers, staff of service stations and strategic leaders.
“Phase 2 – Adults aged 50 and over. Those with co-morbidities between the ages of 18 and 49
“Phase 3 – Those in high disease burden states / LGAs who missed phases 1 and 2.
“Phase 4 – Other eligible population as vaccines become available,” he said.
The immunization agency said as of April 15, 2021, only 1,051,096 vaccines had been administered in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), representing 52.2% of those eligible for vaccination nationwide. .
NAN recalled that the country had received 3.94 million doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine via COVAX, a UN-backed effort that promises access to free vaccines for up to 20% of the country’s population. participants.
The delivery is part of a total of 16 million doses that are expected to be delivered to Nigeria in batches over the coming months.
In addition, on March 21, 2021, the country received an additional 300,000 doses of the same vaccine from telecommunications giant MTN, while the Indian government also delivered 100,000 doses of Covishield COVID-19 vaccine to Nigeria on April 6.
With only 4.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines available in the country, Nigeria is still a long way from reaching its set target, according to health experts.
Due to the limited availability of vaccines, the federal government had ordered states to stop vaccination after they had used half of their allocated doses, as the country was unsure of when to start. arrival of the next batch of AstraZeneca vaccines.
“We believe that in a situation where we still cannot specifically determine when the next batch of AstraZeneca vaccine will arrive, then wisdom is simply telling us that it is best for us to fully vaccinate people.
“And so that we can say that we have a pool of citizens who have been fully vaccinated, since this vaccination comes in two doses,” explained the NPHCDA. (NOPE)
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