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COVID-19: 66% of vaccinated Nigerians are frontline workers – NPHCDA



NATIONAL Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPCDA) has disclosed that 66 per cent of the 1,956, 598 vaccinated with the first dose of the Oxford /AstraZeneca vaccine are frontline workers.

  In addition, the agency said 22 per cent are healthcare workers, while 12 per cent belong to the elderly group. 

  Executive Director of NPHCDA, Dr Faisal Shuaib, disclosed this during a press conference held yesterday in Abuja, while giving an update on the COVID-19 vaccination.

  Dr Shuaib, said 73, 465 Nigerians have also received their second dose across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

   “This includes President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who both received their second doses on Saturday , May 29. Similarly, you would have seen that in many states , the governors, members of the legislature, traditional and religious leaders have publicly started taking the second dose of their vaccinations.”

  The agency said there were cases of mild, moderate and severe Adverse Events Following Immunisation (AEFI) since COVID-19 vaccination was rolled out in March 15.

  Dr Faisal stated that a total of 10,027 cases of mild AEIF have been reported as of May 29th, while 86 cases of moderate to severe incidents have been reported but that they have since recovered.

  He added that five states had the highest records of AEIF namely: Cross River (1,040), Kaduna, (1071), Lagos (796), Yobe (555), and Kebbi with 525 cases.

  On the global vaccine supply and anticipated next consignment, Dr Fasail said: “The Covax facility has communicated that the upcoming allocation is likely from July –September 2021. The exact dates are still being finalised. Nevertheless, bilateral conversations are ongoing to see how we can access the surplus vaccines being stockpiled by developed countries.

  “On this, we are working closely with the Embassies and High Commissions in Nigeria. Our communication- remains clear that the allocation of vaccines from friendly countries is most useful now, not later when vaccines become widely available.”

  The agency urged Nigerians to remain vigilant and follow social distancing, mask wearing, and curfew guidelines.

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