8th September, 2021
The National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) said 3,600,858 Nigerians had received at least their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine as of September 6.
Executive Director of the agency, Dr Faisal Shuaib made the announcement on Tuesday during a media briefing at Abuja.
He also said that the administration of AstraZeneca has continued in the country after the receipt of 1,394,480 doses from the COVAX facility.
The NPHCDA boss revealed that the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has started working to ensure proper serialisation of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine before it is administered to members of the public.
He noted that Nigeria received 1,123,200 doses of the J and J vaccine on Saturday, September 4.
“We received 1,123,200 doses of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine late evening on Saturday, September 4, 2021, through the AVATT platform, coordinated by the African Union Commission, as part of the 39,800,000 doses procured by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“The NAFDAC team have already taken samples for analysis and are currently scanning the codes to ensure proper serialisation of the vaccine.
“As of September 6, 2021, a total of 3,600,858 eligible Nigerians have so far received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. This is made up of 2,551,738 persons vaccinated with AstraZeneca vaccine and 1,049,120 persons vaccinated with Moderna vaccine.
“Therefore, 1,576,011 persons have been fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca vaccine. We have now restarted the administration of AstraZeneca as first dose in all designated health facilities.