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FG begins second-phase of Covid-19 Vaccination

The Federal Government is poised to begin the second phase of vaccination against the coronavirus (Covid-19).

Faisal Shauib, the executive director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), disclosed Monday that Nigeria will take delivery of 698,880 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine today.

He said the 698,880 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine are a donation from the United Kingdom, noting that the fresh batch will be administered to persons who are due for their second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

“We will also be receiving today 698,880 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, a donation from the UK Government through the COVAX facility. These doses will be targeted at those due for their second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine,” he said.

“In the next couple of weeks, we will be expecting up to 3.9million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines to complement what we already have and to ensure that we cover not only those who will be taking their second Astrazeneca vaccine but also for those who will want to take their first dose of this vaccine.”

Shuaib added that the first tranche of the one-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine will be administered to those in hard-to-reach areas, given that such persons “may find it difficult to leave their homes to the health facility for second vaccination”.

He assured Nigerians that all brands of COVID-19 vaccines used in the country are “safe and effective especially against the Delta variant”.

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