Covid-19: FG Lists First Individuals to Be Vaccinated.
The Federal Government of Nigeria has disclosed that it is expecting 100,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine in the country this month.
Faisal Shuaib, The Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, made this known during the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 press conference held in Abuja on Tuesday.
He stated that the federal government will prioritize the vaccination of frontline health workers, national leaders – with “strategic country leadership” and other vulnerable persons.
The individuals will be first vaccinated from the 100,000 doses of the vaccines expected to arrive the country later this month, according to him.
“In order to achieve eradication of COVID-19 in Nigeria, we need to cover 70 per cent of the total population with COVID-19 vaccines. Forty per cent will be vaccinated in 2021, while 30 per cent will be covered in 2022.
“The priority will be given to frontline health workers, first responders (security), strategic country leadership, those with co-morbidities.”
Shuaib also said that:
“Nigeria is expected to secure free delivery of 42 million doses of vaccines, which will be a combination of all the available and approved vaccines currently in the market.”
However, recall that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported 1354 new cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria.