As a way of curbing the Covid -19 pandemic globally, the Federal Government of Nigeria on Monday has received 501,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines from the COVAX facility as donation from the Government of France.
Speaking on behalf of the Federal Government, the Executive Director, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, (NPCHDA), DR. Faisal Shuaib said this in Abuja on Tuesday, at the Covid-19 Press Conference. He said Nigeria have also gotten confirmation that it will be receiving additional 3,577,860 doses of Pfizer vaccines within the next two weeks.
Dr. Shuaib assured Nigerians that Nigeria is not among the red-listed countries that need mandatory quarantine for 14 days in a supervised UK facility.
According to him, “It would be recalled that the UK Government is in line with the press statement released last week said that Nigerians will continue to isolate upon arrival to the UK”.
Shuaib said “The Presidential Steering Committee is in the process of reviewing these requirements. We have been in touch with the UK Government. Just like they stated clearly in their communication, the current listing of Countries with approved vaccination certification has just started in the UK. They are reviewing the Country’s programs in phases. If you go through the list of 50 closely, no African country made the list. The UK Government is yet to comprehensively review Nigeria’s vaccination certification program. From my communication with the UK Government officials, the vaccines administered in Nigeria are approved by the UK Government”.
He added that Nigeria had vaccinated 4,963,985 eligible persons across the country with first dose of COVID-19 vaccines. This figure represents 4.4% of the targeted 111,776,503 eligible population. About 2,166,186 people have received their second doses of the vaccines. Approximately 1.9% of eligible populated is now fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Dr. Shuaib, urge all eligible Nigerians, 18 years and above who are yet to be vaccinated to visit any of its vaccination sites, register and receive COVID-19 vaccine. Adding that those who have received their first dose of either AstraZeneca or Moderna should check their cards for due dates and proceed to get their second doses.