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Covid-19 vaccine: 5.8m persons receive first dose, as 3.1 now fully vaccinated – NPHCDA

National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) says that it has vaccinated 5,770,899 persons with the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 3,146,885 persons have received the second dose (fully vaccinated).

Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib

This is also the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, called on Nigerians to take action to protect the vulnerable by practicing the safety measures and ensuring that they were vaccinated.

Speaking at the Ministerial Press Briefing, an update on COVID-19 Response and Development in the Health Sector, in Abuja, Director Planning Research and Statistics, NPHCDA, Dr. Abdullahi Bulama Garba, said that the figures on number of vaccinated persons were as at November 7, 2021, in the 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Garba noted that there were over eight million doses of vaccines in the country at the moment, but the country was still expecting more doses.

He also said that to achieve herd immunity against the infection, Nigeria had set an ambitious goal of vaccinating 40 per cent of its over 200 million population before the end of 2021, and 70 per cent by the end of 2022.

“To achieve this, the vaccine roll-out was scheduled to be in four phases, starting with health workers, frontline workers, COVID-19 rapid response team amongst others. The second phase has commenced and its capturing older adults aged 50 years and above and those with comorbidities aged between 18 and 49 years of age,” he explained.

Meanwhile, also speaking during the press briefing, the Health minister, Enhanire noted that all the brands of vaccines used in the country were safe and able to deliver protection against COVID-19 for any eligible person who was vaccinated.

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“It is strongly recommended you get vaccinated against COVID-19 to stop the spread of the virus. When you get vaccinated, you protect yourself, your family, friends, and community against the disease,” Ehanire urged.

On her part, the Director of Disease Surveillance Department, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Mrs Elsie Ilori, while giving an update on the Nigeria’s COVID-19 situation, said that the pandemic continues to play out differently across countries worldwide.

She said that notably, Africa had seen fewer severe cases and deaths but despite limitations of testing has experienced similar transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in its population.

According to her, Regardless of the differing patterns of disease and deaths seen, the risk of the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 variants capable of evading human immune responses is a global concern.

She added that Delta variant remains the dominant variant globally. Adding that alongside existing safety measures, widespread vaccination was providing a means for the world to exit this pandemic.

“While some countries are achieving set goals for population vaccination (South Korea) including using vaccine mandates, others are easing back on restrictions (Melbourne) and some are contemplating preserving existing restrictions for only the unvaccinated (Austria). Many countries in the global north have introduced vaccine booster doses, have approved the use of COVID-19 vaccines for children aged 5 to 11 years,” Illori said.

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