NPHCDA utilises 55.4% doses of COVID-19 vaccines received in Nigeria

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency () said out of 4.4 million Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines received the country,  1,114, 408 million have been utilised, representing 55.4 per cent of targeted eligible group.

The disclosed on its Twitter handle on Tuesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Federal Government has directed state governors not to exceed 50 per cent utilisation of the vaccines allocated to their states.

It reports that is to allow for a second dose to had taken their first doses, adding, the remaining 50 per cent would be administered 8-12 weeks from the date of the first doses. 

“As of today, April 20, 1,114,408 representing 55.4  per cent of the eligible group targeted with the AstraZeneca vaccine have been administered their first shots vaccination phase.

“The 1,114,408, were eligible Nigerians have been vaccinated from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT),” it said.

The agency said that the country took delivery of 3.94 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines through COVAX, a UN-backed effort that promises to free vaccines for up to 20 per cent of participating countries’ population.

“The delivery is part of an overall 16 million doses planned to be delivered to Nigeria batches over the next months.

“Asides, on March 21, 2021, the country received another 300,000 doses of the same vaccines from telecom giant, MTN.

“On April 6, the government of also delivered 100,000 doses of COVISHIELD COVID-19 vaccines to Nigeria,” it explained.

The noted that the COVISHIELD, a brand of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine, was used in over 71 countries, including the UK, Canada, and Brazil.

Meanwhile, the agency said it had been over a year since the World Health Organization () declared COVID-19 a global .

“With public health advances, we are hopeful for the future – including the vaccine.

”As Nigerians, we should do our best by abiding by the recommended . We need to keep each other safe,” it advised. 

The agency stated that the release of the vaccines was like the first step back to normal pre- life.

“But despite our slow crawl back to in-person socialisation, we’re nowhere near herd immunity (meaning when enough people in a population have been vaccinated so that person-to-person transmission is unlikely),” it stated.

According to it, “70 per cent of our population will need to be vaccinated to halt the spread of the virus.”

It said that not only could vaccines help us reach herd immunity, but they could also prevent new, more dangerous variants from emerging.

”For these reasons, getting the vaccine is a public health imperative,” it explained. (NAN)