The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has revealed that it has commenced a plan to vaccinate 50% of Nigerians, 18 years and above by January 31, 2022.
This was disclosed by the Executive Director, Dr Faisal Shuaib, on Thursday at the virtual NEC meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He revealed that Nigeria had received over 100 million doses of COVID–19 vaccines from COVAX, AU and some countries, which would be sufficient to ramp up vaccination for 50% of the targeted population.
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Shuaib said, “The total eligible population of Nigerians for the vaccine is over 111 million.
“Given the availability of vaccines, we have started rolling out a plan to vaccinate 50 percent of Nigerians, 18 years and above by Jan. 31, 2022.”
The NPHCDA boss added that there would be a scaling up of over 3,000 health facilities nationwide.
Dr Ifedayo Adetifa, the Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), in another presentation urged Nigerians to maintain visibility of the outbreak by testing, continuing to encourage adherence to public health and social measures, encourage vaccination and address vaccine hesitancy.
He added that the Delta variant of the COVID-19 was still the dominant strain of concern in the country.
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Nairametrics reported earlier this week that Dr Shuaib stated that the overall population of eligible persons targeted for COVID-19 vaccination to enable the country reach herd immunity against the disease is 111,776,503