The Federal Government has said over 1.6 million eligible persons have been fully vaccinated.
The Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib, said this at the national briefing of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC), on Monday.
Shuaib said 1,692,315 persons have received two doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines, as approved by the World Health Organization (WHO).
He also said that as of Monday evening, 4,052,756 eligible Nigerians have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccines.
“This is made up of 2,645,020 persons with the first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine and 1,407,736 persons with the first dose of Moderna vaccine. A total of 1,692,315 eligible persons are fully vaccinated and we currently have a national average of 70.4 per cent utilisation of the 2,000,040 doses of modern vaccines we received,” Shuaib said.
He also said states have been guided not to exceed their 50 per cent utilization rates for Moderna vaccines in order to reserve for the second doses for all those already vaccinated.
He said most states have reached this percentage and priority is now focused on administering AstraZeneca vaccine as the first dose vaccine in all states across the country.
He urged states yet to publish their vaccination sites to do so across the various media and news platforms, to enable people to locate their nearest vaccination site.
He said, “The list of vaccination sites across the country is also available on the NPHCDA website www.nphcda.gov.ng Eligible persons who are unable to register by themselves can go to any designated health facility where he/she will be assisted by our vaccination team.”
He said states have the responsibility to protect the vaccines and vaccination cards sent to them.
Shuaib said states found to be condoning any acts of corruption in the process of vaccination will no longer be allocated vaccines.
Shuaib said, “We have received reports of people trying to procure cards from health workers, these reports are being investigated and anyone found wanting would be prosecuted. It is important to emphasize that it is in the interest of public safety and collective well-being of Nigerians that the Federal Government has made available these vaccines free for all eligible persons.”
Nigeria had commenced COVID-19 vaccination on March 5, 2021, having received approximately four million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines from COVAX, an initiative aimed at ensuring equitable distribution of vaccines globally.
The country also recently flagged off the second phase of COVID-19 vaccination having received another four million doses of Moderna vaccines from the United States of America Government.
The country received another 177,600 doses of Johnson and Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccines from the African Union (AU).
On August 17, Nigeria also took delivery of 699,760 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines from the UK government.