COVID-19 Vaccination in Nigeria

Government confirms second phase of COVID-19 vaccinations begins August 16

*The start date for the vaccinations has been postponed to Monday, August 16 to enable NAFDAC to finish its assessment and preparatory processes, says Dr. Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director and CEO of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Sequel to earlier postponement of the national vaccination programme, the Federal Government of Nigeria has announced Monday, August 16, 2021, as the new date to commence the second phase of the COVID-19 vaccinations in the country.

ConsumerConnect reports Dr. Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), make the announcement Monday, August 9, in Abuja, FCT.

Dr. Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director and CEO of NPHCDA

The Federal Government earlier scheduled the exercise to begin Tuesday, August 10, but it was postponed due to “unforeseen circumstances,” according to Mr. Willie Bassey, a Spokesperson in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF).

Dr. Shuaib, however, stated that the earlier postponement was necessary to enable the concerned authorities to finalise preparations for the vaccination programme in Nigeria.

The NPHCDA Chief said: “The start date for the vaccination has been postponed to next week Monday.

“This is to enable NAFDAC to finish its assessment and preparatory processes.”

The Federal Government had disclosed that the second phase of the vaccination programme was informed by the recent donation four million doses of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines by the United States Government.

About one percent of the Nigerian population has been fully vaccinated against the disruptive Coronavirus pandemic in the country thus far, report said.

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