COVID-19: Again, NPHCDA begs Nigerians to get vaccinated


FILE PHOTO: 98,271 persons fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in Benue.

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By Aderogba George

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has again appealed to Nigerians who are yet to be vaccinated to get the COVID-19 vaccines.

Dr Faisal Shuaib, the executive secretary of the agency made the call at a one-day evaluation meeting for the COVID-19 vaccination exercise.

Represented at the meeting, by Dr Bassey Okposen, Director of Disease Control and immunisation/Programme Manager, COVID-19 vaccination war room, NPHCDA, said: ”the virus was still very much in circulation.

”COVID-19 is still very active and there is a need for Nigerians to get vaccinated and stay safe.

”People are still dying globally, there are countries that are still having new outbreaks, it is good we take the vaccine and kick COVID out of our country.

“We are not only doing COVID-19 vaccination at the moment, but we are also doing integrated vaccination, along with routine immunisation, maternal services and other care at the primary healthcare level.

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“As a nation, we have not achieved credibility on this, we need to get vaccinated so that we can still be safe as a country”, he said.

He said till date, 55.6 per cent of Nigerians have taken only the first dose.

Meanwhile, the director noted that 44.6 percent of Nigerians are fully vaccinated.

“The current drive under the leadership of the Minister of Health, with the support from the President and the entire presidential steering committee on COVID-19, has made us move the figure from 13 per cent.

“Our target is to ensure 70 per cent of the population gets vaccinated before December 2022, we are working hard on this”.


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