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Nigeria halfway through COVID-19 immunization: official-



Faisal Shuaib

Nigeria has so far gone halfway through vaccinating its population against COVID-19, an official said on Tuesday.

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“The country has fully vaccinated half of the total population eligible for vaccination against COVID-19,” said Faisal Shuaib, head of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), which coordinates the vaccination in the country, to journalists in the Nigerian capital, Abuja. .

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According to the latest NPHCDA update, as of Monday, authorities in the most populous African country have fully vaccinated 57,386,857 people, representing 51.3 percent of the total population to be vaccinated against COVID. -19.

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However, vaccination coverage is still well below the government’s goal of fully vaccinating 70 percent of its eligible population by December 2022, Shuaib said.

About 13.2 percent of fully vaccinated people in Nigeria have received the COVID-19 booster dose for extra protection against the virus, it said.

Shuaib said the country has sustained a decline in the number of new COVID-19 cases and a sustained decline in the importation of COVID-19 infections from other countries over the past six months. No new infection has been registered since November 20. ■


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