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Of the 3.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered in Nigeria since March 2021, health workers have received 1.4 million injections.
This was revealed by the Executive Secretary of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib on Tuesday in Abuja.
Mr Shuaib told reporters that more than 20% of fully vaccinated people in Abia, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Kwara, Oyo and Zamfara had taken their first booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
He said as of November 7, 2022, figures showed that 51,397,212 of the total eligible people targeted for COVID-19 vaccination in the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) were fully vaccinated, while 12,584,955 of the total eligible people targeted were partially vaccinated.
He said “the COVID-19 vaccine is free, safe and effective”, noting that the country has four brands of COVID-19 vaccine received from the COVAX facility and the African Union: AstraZeneca, Moderna, Johnson vaccines & Johnson and Pfizer. .
“A booster dose is the extra dose of the COVID-19 vaccine taken after the full dose of any brand of the vaccine for extra protection against the virus. Therefore, the booster dose will be the third dose for a two-dose vaccine.
“We all need a booster dose because as the COVID-19 virus continues to mutate, a booster dose is recommended to boost immunity and provide additional protection against emerging variants.”
The executive director also said the agency has implemented strategies to ensure COVID-19 vaccines reach the last mile.
He said that “locations of armed conflict and hard-to-reach areas have been prioritized by the NPHCDA and its partners.”
He added that to ensure that the agency’s strategies are up to date, the COVID-19 vaccination program is now strengthening the primary health care system using routine vaccination as an entry point.
“The current approach for COVID-19 vaccine delivery, known as the SCALES 3:0 Optimized Strategy, involves the integration of the coronavirus vaccine with the current implementation.
“This means that parents and caregivers with children or wards aged zero to two are encouraged to bring their children to the COVID-19 vaccination site where childhood vaccines are available,” he said.