COVID-19: Over 15m Nigerians vaccinated – NPHCDA

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Statistics published by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) shows that 15.4 million Nigerians have so far received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

The data showed that 10,813,596 of the total eligible persons  targeted for COVID-19 vaccination were reached with the first dose, while 4,590,263 were reached with the second dose (fully vaccinated).

In total, the health agency said 15, 403, 859 persons have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The agency also stated that 81,284 people across the country received the COVID-19 booster doses.

However, five states were yet to begin the administration of the doses. They are Abia, Kogi, Kwara, Niger and Sokoto.

Recall that the federal government had, on December 10, 2021, began the administration of COVID-19 booster doses to give Nigerians extra protection against COVID-19, especially against the Omicron variant.

However, only eligible Nigerians can get the COVID-19 booster doses.

They include persons who are 18 years and above, and those who must have received their second dose of AstraZeneca, Pfizer Bio-N-Tech or Moderna at least six months after their second dose.

For Johnson & Johnson booster doses, a time interval of two months or more is required.

The NPHCDA noted that Nasarawa State vaccinated the most population in the country, at 45.88 per cent;  closely followed by Jigawa at 39.44 per cent, Ogun at 18.17 per cent, Oyo at 14.73 per cent, and Zamfara at 13.27 per cent.

“Meet our top five performing governors and their states on the COVID-19 mass vaccination campaign in Nigeria. Nasarawa State continues its winning streak in 2022. Kano joins the top 10 performing states. Adamawa, Enugu, FCT, Kano and Kebbi have leaped by at least two steps in the first four days of 2022,” the NPHCDA said.

However, Ebonyi, Sokoto, Abia, Imo, Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa states are the least performing states in terms of COVID-19 inoculation.

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