Nigeria To Get 3.93 Million Doses Of Covax

 Nigeria To Get 3.93 Million Doses Of Covax

Nigeria is expected to receive 3.92 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from the COVAX facility between the end of July and early August. 

Meanwhile, the administration of the second dose of Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine in the country will also end by 25th June 2021. 

The Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib, who spoke at the weekly Covid-19 Vaccination briefing said the agency officially closed the vaccination for the first dose on 24 May. 

He added that the agency has since been inundated with requests to be vaccinated, adding that in response, NPHCDA has decided to reopen vaccination for the first dose. 

“This means anyone 18 years and above who has not been vaccinated should visit the nearest vaccination site for the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

“For such persons, their second dose will be due in 12 weeks, and by then we would have received the next consignment of vaccines. I will once again remind those listening that we are advising that all Nigerians who have received their first dose check their vaccination cards for the date of their first dose and ensure that they receive the second dose between 6 – 12 weeks after their 1st dose to gain full protection against COVID-19. Please note that in some cases the location of your second dose may be different from your first dose, so please be sure to confirm this,” Shuaib said. 

He said Nigeria had administered 1,978,808 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and 680,345 second doses as of Monday. 

Kehinde Ogunyale

Freelance Investigative and Data Journalist

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