COVID-19: Over 3.4m persons fully vaccinated in Nigeria – NPHCDA

The National Primary Health Care Agency (NPHCDA) says that 3,487, 298 eligible persons in Nigeria been fully vaccinated against Coronavirus (COVID-19), having received their second jabs.

Dr Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director, NPHCDA, disclosed this  during the inauguration of mass exercise for Nasarawa State on Friday in Lafia.Shuaib said that as at Friday, Nov. 26, a total of 6,242, 224 eligible persons in the country  had received their first doses of the vaccine.

“From the data above, it clear that Nigeria still far from reaching its target of vaccinating almost 112 million of its eligible population,” he said.Shuaib said that the Federal Government came up with the mass campaign in view of the festive period characterised by large  gathering with risk of spread of the virus.

He said the campaign was geared towards creating access to the vaccines in order to ward off a potential 4th wave of the pandemic.He said the mass campaign was a carefully designed service delivery strategy to rapidly increase the number of fully vaccinated eligible people and fast track the country’s economic and social recovery.

“The main aim of the mass campaign to vaccinate 50 per cent  of Nigeria’s eligible population by January 2022,” Shuaib added.In Nasarawa State, the executive director pointed out that based on data from the National Population Commission (NPC), about 1.5million persons in the  state were  eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination.“As it stands, we only been able to vaccinate 8.1 per cent  of eligible Nasarawa residents with the first dose and only 5.3 per cent are fully vaccinated.

“This below our target which to vaccinate all eligible residents with the COVID-19 vaccines in order to ensure full protection against the deadly virus.

“In order to address the logistical problems of getting to site by Nigerians, the Federal Government in collaboration with the State Government has expanded the sites in Nasarawa State.“The COVID-19 vaccines are now available in our public health facilities, designated private health facilities, shopping malls, open markets, schools, general hospitals, tertiary health institutions, recreation parks, religious centres, motor parks and other designated sites, he said.

Shuaib encouraged Nasarawa residents, who are 18 years and above to come out en masse to receive the vaccines in order to protect themselves, their loved ones and communities.He appreciated the media for their support so far and called on them to intensify actions in mobilising eligible Nigerians for improved vaccination.

 “We count on your support to ensure the overall success of the mass campaign across the country.“Please remember, no one from COVID-19 until everyone from it,” Shuaib added.

In remarks, Gov. Abdullahi Sule gave assurance that his government would ensure that every citizen of the state was vaccinated in order to achieve herd immunity and safety of all.