The Federal Government has said that about 1.6 million Nigerians have been fully vaccinated against the deadly coronavirus.
This was announced by the Executive-Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib during the national briefing of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC), on Monday, September 13.
The Director noted that as at Monday evening, September 13, 4,052,756 eligible Nigerians have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccines while 1,692,315 persons have received two doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines as approved by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Shuaib also stated that states have been asked not to exceed their 50 percent utilization rates for Moderna vaccines in order to reserve for the second doses for all those already vaccinated.
He added that health workers who directly or indirectly coerce Nigerians to pay for the vaccination will be duly punished.
The statement by the NPHCDA director read in part:
“This is made up of 2,645,020 persons with the first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine and 1,407,736 persons with first dose of Moderna vaccine. A total of 1,692,315 eligible persons are fully vaccinated and we currently have a national average of 70.4 per cent utilisation of the 2,000,040 doses of modern vaccines we received.
“The list of vaccination sites across the Country is also available on the NPHCDA website www.nphcda.gov.ng Eligible persons who are unable to register by themselves can go to any designated health facility where he/she will be assisted by our vaccination team.
“We have received reports of people trying to procure cards from health workers, these reports are being investigated and anyone found wanting would be prosecuted. It is important to emphasize that it is in the interest of public safety and collective well-being of Nigerians that the Federal Government has made available these vaccines free for all eligible persons.”
Source: Linda Ikeji