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FG Begins Administration Of COVID-19 Booster Shots


A well being employee holds a vaccine tube and a syringe as Nigeria commences the second section of COVID-19 vaccination on August 16, 2021. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

Nigeria on Friday began the administration of COVID-19 booster pictures, days after the Federal Government authorised the choice. 

“Following the detection of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in Nigeria, the Federal Government reviewed the country’s vaccination programme and resolved to introduce the booster dose using the Pfizer Bio-N-Tech vaccine across the country,” the Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Faisal Shuaib, stated throughout the flag-off of vaccination for Internally Displaced People (IDP) camps. “This will take effect as from tomorrow, Friday the 10th of December 2021.”


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At the occasion held in Abuja on Thursday, the NPHCDA boss additionally defined the eligibility standards for the booster jabs.

“Eligibility for the booster dose includes being 18 years and above, fully vaccinated with either two doses of AstraZeneca, Moderna or Pfizer Bio-N-Tech or a single dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine,” he famous.

“The time interval earlier than the booster dose is not less than six months for these vaccines, besides the Johnson and Johnson which is not less than two months.

“This is another opportunity to be further protected. I, therefore, urge all those who have taken the right decision to be fully vaccinated, to walk into the nearest vaccination site for their booster dose as from tomorrow (Friday).”

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File photograph: Nigeria was one of many few nations in Africa to have gotten doses of COVID-19 vaccines. Photo: Channels TV/Sodiq Adelakun.

 

According to him, whereas the nation’s vaccination drive has confronted a number of bottlenecks together with “large-scale misinformation,” Nigeria has recorded some successes.

“Today, Thursday, December 9th, 2021, 7,361,810 Nigerians have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and this represents 6.6% of the eligible population,” Faisal stated.

“3,846,762 eligible Nigerians have received their second doses and are fully vaccinated against the virus representing 3.4% of the eligible population.”

Earlier on Thursday, the US stated it donated 2.5 million Pfizer vaccine doses to Nigeria, a transfer anticipated to additional enhance the pandemic combat within the nation.

The vaccine doses arrived in Abuja this week and had been acquired by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency and brought to chilly storage in preparation for distribution, the US Embassy in Nigeria stated in a press release.

“Over the next several weeks,” it added, “the vaccines will be available at major markets, shopping malls, event centres, motor parks, airports, places of employment, and religious institutions as part of Nigeria’s mass vaccination campaign.”

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