Saturday, September 18, 2021

Over 1million Nigerians vaccinated- NPHCDA

The vaccine has only been given to the eligible Nigerians

According to the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), over 1million Nigerians have received their first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

As per information gathered from states through the Electronic Management of Immunization Data (EMID) system, 53.2 percent of people are considered fit for the vaccine.

The executive director of the NPHCDA, Faisal Shuaib demystified that

What this number means is that these are the people who have their information already uploaded on our database, while others are awaiting upload, potentially due to network problems and the high traffic of those coming in to take their shots at the same time.

While we continue to optimize our registration and immunization data system, we also encourage the state teams to deploy the most suitable internet service for their locations in order to speed up the data entry process, so that we can have the actual number of vaccinated people at any given time.

In addition, he unfolded that the agency has ensured that the vaccine was only given to those who are eligible to take it which includes the health workers.

We have been careful to ensure that only those who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the current phase are being vaccinated.

These include health workers and their support staff, other frontline workers, strategic leaders, and in the last few days, we have also included those who meet the age requirements.

We continue to communicate these eligibility criteria to our teams in the states, in order to address earlier misunderstandings around people who are being vaccinated across the country.

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