8th August, 2021
By Abujah Racheal
Nigeria will resume COVID-19 inoculation on 10 August with the four million plus doses donated by the United States.
The NCDC has advised the general public to get vaccinated as unvaccinated people are up to eight times likely to be infected with COVID-19 and experience symptoms.
“They are also 25 times more likely to be hospitalised with serious symptoms, and 24 times as likely to die of the infection, compared to people who are vaccinated.
“Unvaccinated people with natural immunity due to previous infection probably are not showing up much in the case numbers right now because they do not have immunity.
“The agency still recommend those people get vaccinated, though, because it is not known how long natural immunity will last.
“Immunocompromised people are their own group. Vaccines appear less effective for them. For people in this group to be truly protected, the virus would need to be suppressed through widespread vaccination – herd immunity, in other words.
“For them, vaccines are literally life-saving, but only via the decisions of Nigerians,” it added.
Meanwhile, experts have said the rise in cases in Nigeria is being driven by a combination of unvaccinated people and the delta variant.
They said they were still large pockets of areas in the country without robust protection, with vaccination rates lagging.
According to them, three states so far, are driving the current surge.
They said immunity is not yet widespread in the country, but noted that medical care for COVID-19 has also improved.
As a result, deaths are (so far) not rising at the same rates as the infections.
They explained that what distinguished this wave from those that preceded is the different types of COVID-19 cases the country was seeing now, compared to a year ago.