By Moses Emorinken, Abuja
Two million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine have been reserved for the second dose within the first section of vaccination, the Federal Authorities said on Thursday.
It defined with 1,748,242 Nigerians vaccinated as of Might 12, 2021, the share focused with the primary jab is 86.9 p.c.
Noting the vaccination with the second dose of the vaccine has began, it urged individuals who’ve acquired their first dose of the vaccine to make sure they verify their vaccination playing cards to know when they’re due for his or her second jab.
The Govt Director of the Nationwide Major Well being Care Improvement Company (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib, made these identified throughout a digital briefing organised by the Africa Centres for Illness Management and Prevention (ACDC) on covid-19 response.
He stated: “Vaccination is ongoing throughout all states. As of immediately 1,748,242 Nigerians have been vaccinated. This represents 86.9 p.c of the variety of Nigerians which have been focused with the primary these of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.
“As a result of present growing uncertainty in international vaccine provide which is dealing with our continents and many of the world, Nigeria’s Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) made a strategic option to utilise our present covid-19 provide to manage double dose somewhat than single doses. This may be certain that each Nigerian who receives a vaccine from our current provide, receives their second dose earlier than the really helpful time span between doses passes, which is between 6 to 12 weeks.
“Administering these two doses of the vaccine inside the really helpful time-frame is essential to make sure full inoculation advantages.
“Which means with the present provide, we are going to totally inoculate roughly 2 million Nigerians somewhat than partially inoculate 4 million Nigerians. We’re eradicating a component of danger that’s turning into too excessive.
“We’ve got already began administering second doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. Along with well being employees, frontline employees aged 18 years and above, and individuals aged 50 years and above are being suggested to go to any designated vaccination web site to obtain their vaccine doses whether or not the primary or the second dose
“We’re additionally advising that individuals who have acquired their first dose ought to verify their vaccination playing cards for the date of the second dose, and be certain that they obtain their second dose to realize full safety towards covid-19.”
Shuaib added: “Regarding the variety of doses which are left in Nigeria, what we did in Nigeria was to really divide the 4 million doses into two compartments.
“Nearly 2 million Nigerians have gotten their vaccines, which is about 90 p.c. However with the second doses, we are actually starting to vaccinate these individuals who have already got the primary dose, and have gone not less than 6 weeks since they’d the primary doses.
“Roughly, we now have round 2 million doses that we plan to present precisely the identical those that have taken their first doses, taking into consideration that we now have to present an interval of 6 weeks to 12 weeks to ensure that we get the best response for these vaccines.”