The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has said it will begin Covid-19 vaccination for 109 vulnerable Nigerians at the end of February. The exercise is to be spread across two years.
Executive Director of the NPHCDA, Faisal Shuaib said this while speaking at the weekly briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid in Abuja.
He said only eligible Nigerians from the age of 18 years and above will be vaccinated and this includes frontline healthcare workers.
Shuaib: “After excluding those that are under 18 years old, we plan to vaccinate approximately 109 million Nigerians that will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination over the course of two years.”
Nigeria is expecting initial 16 million doses of the Oxford- AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines through the Vaccines Global Assess Facility (COVAX) by the end of February.
Also, an additional 500,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines donated by telecom giant, MTN, will also be delivered to the country by the end of February, the minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, said at the briefing.
The Minister said efforts are been made to endure an effective roll-out date as soon as the vaccines arrive the country.