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COVID-19: 1,956,598 of targeted Nigerians vaccinated so far, says FG

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THE federal government, Tuesday, disclosed that a total of 1,956,598 targeted Nigerians have been vaccinated with their first dose of the Oxford/Astrazeneca vaccine. 

Of this number, according to the government, 66 percent are frontline workers, 22 percent are healthcare workers, while 12 percent belong to the elderly group. 

The Chief Executive Officer, National Primary Health Care Development Agency,NPHCDA,Dr. Faisal Shuaib, disclosed this during an in media conference on the status of COVID-19 vaccination in Nigeria.

“As of today, 1,956,598 of targeted eligible Nigerians have been vaccinated with their first dose of the Oxford/Astrazeneca vaccine. Of this number, 66% are frontline workers, 22% are healthcare workers, while 12% belong to the elderly group,” he said.

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Besides, Shuaib said 73,465 Nigerians have also received their second dose across 36 states and the FCT. 

“This includes His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who both received their second doses on Saturday, May 29. Similarly, you would have seen that in many States, the Governors, members of the legislature, traditional and religious leaders have publicly started taking the second dose of their vaccinations.

“Only yesterday, members of the Presidential Steering Committee including myself received our second doses of the vaccine. | can assure that we are all doing well. Indeed, on my part, the side effects following the second dose were much less than the first dose,” he said.

Shuaib said there have been cases of mild, moderate, and severe Adverse Events Following Immunization (AEFI) since we officially rolled out Covid-19 vaccination on March 15, 2021, noting that: “The AEFls symptoms ranged from pain and swelling at the site of vaccination to more serious symptoms such as headaches, abdominal pain, fever, dizziness, and allergic reactions.”

“A total of 10,027 cases of mild AEFI have been reported as of May 30″, while 86 cases of moderate to severe incidents have been reported. All these individuals have since fully recovered,” he said. 

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