…More Nigerians take up COVID shots after destruction of expired doses
NATIONAL Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has said that 5,252,406 Nigerians have been fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 vaccine.
Executive Secretary of NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, who stated this yesterday in Abuja, said that the country has not recorded any death arising from COVID-19 vaccination.
Explaining that Nigeria has more than doubled last year’s daily vaccination rate to over 200,000 per day, he said a deep dive into state performances reveals that Nasarawa, Jigawa, FCT, Ogun and Kwara have remained the top five performing states on COVID-19 vaccine uptake.
According to him, Jigawa and Lagos have each vaccinated about 1.5 million eligible Nigerians with the first dose while FCT, Nasarawa, Lagos and Delta are leading on second dose administration with more than 10 per cent of eligible populations in each of the states already vaccinated.
“Our record as of today, Tuesday January 25th 2022 shows that 14,093,873 eligible persons have received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Nigeria while 5,252,406 eligible Nigerians have been fully vaccinated,” he said.
Shuaib also disclosed that in this phase of COVID-19 mass vaccination, the government plans to integrate the campaign with childhood immunisation and other primary health care (PHC) services.
“What this simply means is that alongside the COVID-19 vaccines, childhood vaccines will also be available at COVID-19 vaccination sites. Consequently, parents or guardians with children aged zero to 23 months are urged to take them along to the vaccination sites. The childhood vaccines protect against polio, whooping cough, measles, yellow fever, tetanus, tuberculosis, and other childhood preventable diseases. This is to ensure that while we are trying so hard to control the transmission of COVID-19, we do not neglect other PHC services or even have outbreaks of childhood vaccine preventable diseases on our hands,” he said.
Meanwhile, reports indicate that more Nigerian received vaccine shots after government destroyed consignments with short or expired life span. Hence, Nigeria’s vaccine rollout has slowly gained pace since then as public confidence increases and the government has assured citizens they will not receive expired doses.
A trader, Abubakar Yusuf, said he was scared of getting a COVID-19 shot after hearing the country had stocks of expired vaccines. But that changed when health authorities destroyed more than a million expired doses last month.