About 8,000 Nigerians Vaccinated against Covid-19

The Executive Director of the NPHCDA has stated that about 8,000 Nigerians have been vaccinated against Covid-19. No severe side effects have been recorded, according to him.

“We have not gotten any official report of major side effects from any of those who have taken the vaccine,” an official said.

According to Mr. Faisal Shuaib, the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), he said an estimated number of 8,000 Nigerians had received their first dose, Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines.

While talking at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) weekly briefing on COVID-19 on Monday, Mr. Shuaib said no serious adverse effects had been reported from those who have received the vaccine.

“As part of the vaccine instigation in the states that took place last week, over 8,000 Nigerians have received the vaccines so far,” he said.

“We have not gotten any official report of major adverse effects from any of those who have been vaccinated. But mild side effects such as swelling at the side of the vaccination is expected as this is normal.”

He said the agency is working closely with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to monitor any unusual adverse reaction to the vaccines.

Nigeria commenced the vaccination of its citizens. The vaccination began with healthcare workers. Because they are often at the risk of exposure to infections being the first responders to patients.

An estimated four million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines were delivered to Nigeria. They were delivered through the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Assess Facility (COVAX) in early March.

The Nigerian government said it seeks to vaccinate approximately 109 million people against the COVID-19 virus for two years.

Health authorities said only eligible populations from 18 years and above would be vaccinated. The younger ones can’t be vaccinated yet because the vaccine needs to reach those who are more vulnerable to the virus.

Thankfully the vaccine is here, so there is hope to end the spread of this deadly virus.

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