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COVID-19: FG reveals number of Nigerians that have been fully vaccinated

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The Federal Government through the National Primary Health Care Development Agency has disclosed that so far 2, 897, 201 eligible persons had taken the jab across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The Executive Director, NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, disclosed this on Tuesday, in Abuja, at the National Vaccines briefing.

He said about three million people in Nigeria have received their complete dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of August 30, 2021.

The country, which now has three COVID-19 vaccines that had been approved for emergency use by the World Health Organisation, had commenced its phase two vaccination in 35 states and the FCT, according to Shuaib.

“For clients who have not had any vaccination, the Moderna Vaccine is available and is being administered currently in all designated health facilities in the country, while those who have had their first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine are encouraged to visit their designated health facility to get their second dose,” he said.

The NPHCDA boss disclosed that the UK government had donated an additional 592,880 doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine, which was received on August 26, 2021, through the COVAX Facility.

“The total quantity of vaccines donated by the UK Government stands at 1,292,640 doses. The additional doses would be included in the second dose vaccination exercise currently ongoing for clients, who have already taken the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine in the first phase.

“I, therefore, use this opportunity to once again call on those who received the first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine before July 8, 2021, to go and get their second dose, to be fully protected against all strains of the Coronavirus,” he added.

Meanwhile, Nigeria recorded 626 new cases of COVID-19 with 14 casualties on Tuesday, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

The public health agency, on its official website on Wednesday morning, said that the surge in infections was driven by the third wave of the pandemic.

It gave the total number of deaths from the pandemic as 2,469, with the total haul of active cases rising from 10,858 reported on Monday, to 11,203 on Tuesday.

It added that the fresh infections were reported from nine states and the FCT, with Lagos State recording 334 followed by Rivers with 134 cases.

Further details revealed that Oyo reported 60; FCT, 41; Osun, 20; Plateau, 14, while Ogun, Ekiti, Kwara and Benue had nine, seven, six and one cases respectively.

The NCDC disclosed that about 2.7 million persons had been tested with a total of 192,431 results turning positive since the first case of the pandemic was reported on Feb 27, 2020.

It added that 178,759 COVID-19 patients had recovered and were discharged as a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre activated at Level 2 continues to coordinate the national response activities.

(NAN)

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