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COVID-19: Over 3m Nigerians fully vaccinated – NPHCDA

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MORE than three million eligible Nigerians have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 eight months after the country started vaccination of  people against the pandemic.

 Executive Director of National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib, said this at the bi-weekly briefing of the Presidential Steering Committee in Abuja, yesterday.

Explaining that 5,891,305 eligible Nigerians had received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, which represented 5.3 per cent of the eligible population, Shuaib said 3,252,067 Nigerians had received their second dose and were fully vaccinated, representing only 2.9 per cent of the overall population of eligible persons.

Shuaib also said that the overall population of eligible Nigerians targeted for COVID-19 vaccination to enable the country reach herd immunity against the virus was 111,776,503.

Promising that Federal Government has adequate doses of vaccines in store to cover a large percentage of the population, he added that the country had received 3,924,000 doses of AstraZeneca in batches between October 22nd and 25th from the COVAX facility.

With the country having also received a combination of 1,022,400 doses of AZ as donations from the governments of Germany, Switzerland, and Italy from COVAX last week, Shuaib said Federal Government had received commitment of over 11.99 million and 12.2 million doses of Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines respectively.

“We also have received commitment of 4,953,600 doses of Moderna as donation from US Government through COVAX. These are a few of the doses coming in batches in December and January 2022. We would also like to remind us that the Federal Government procured 39,800,000 doses of J&J COVID-19 vaccine through the AVATT and these have been coming in batches. Therefore, I appeal to persons 18 years and above and unvaccinated to simply walk into the nearest vaccination site to take their COVID-19 vaccine. It is free, safe, effective and protects you, your family and your community. And if you have taken your first dose, check your vaccination card for your due date and ensure you take the second dose for full protection,” he said.

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