15.4m Nigerians Receive COVID-19 Vaccine- NPHCDA

More than 15 million Nigerians have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccines, according to the national daily call-in data from the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).

The agency explained that 10,813,596 of the total eligible persons targetted for COVID-19 vaccination were reached with the first dose.

Also, 4,590,263 were reached with the second dose (fully vaccinated). In total, 15,403,859 persons have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the life-saving COVID-19 vaccine.

It was also gathered that 81,284 people across the country have received their COVID-19 booster doses. However, five states are yet to begin the administration of the doses. They include: Abia, Kogi, Kwara, Niger and Sokoto.

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On December 10, 2021, the Federal Government started 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 6 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 has vaccinated the most population in the country, at 45.88 per cent. It is 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. Sadly, Ebonyi, Sokoto, Abia, Imo, Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa are the least performing states in terms of vaccinating their people.

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“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 agency said.

In related development, latest COVID-19 data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) showed that as of January 3, 2022, 670 confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported, with six deaths. In total, 244,120 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed, with 216,180 discharged, and sadly, 3,045 deaths recorded.

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Investigation showed that in three days, between January 1 to 3, 2022, 14 people have died from COVID-19.

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