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UK to review Nigeria’s vaccination certification

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), says Nigeria like many other countries, is still on queue to have its vaccination certification programme reviewed by the United Kingdom (UK).

The Executive Director, NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib who made this known at the weekly briefing on COVID-19 vaccination status, explained that the review was being carried out by the UK government in phases, adding that Nigeria was not amongst red listed countries.

According to him, the vaccines administered in Nigeria were approved by the UK Government.

The NPHCDA Director disclosed that intensified campaigns by the Agency for uptake of second dose of COVID-19 vaccine through various channels have yielded appreciable results.

As at 4th of October 2021, Nigeria had vaccinated 4,963,985 eligible persons across the country with first dose of COVID-19 vaccines.

This figure represents 4.4% of the targeted 111,776,503 eligible population.

About 2,166,186 people have received their second doses of the vaccines, representing approximately 1.9% of eligible population now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 

He stressed that only those who have taken their second dose are fully protected against the deadly COVID-19.

 While noting that an additional 501,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines were on Monday received from the COVAX facility as donation from the Government of France, he added that receipt of 3,577,860 doses of Pfizer vaccines within the next two weeks have been confirmed, even as more doses of COVID-19 vaccines were expected through the COVAX facility in the coming months.

Reporting by Nancy Anika, editing by Daniel