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Nigeria requests states to reserve 50% of Moderna vaccine allocation for 2nd shot

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Nigeria has asked its sub-nationals, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to reserve 50 percent of the allocated doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for a second shot.

The Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib said that the measure would ensure that people who take the first jab have access to second doses.

“Considering the rapid progress seen in the utilization of Moderna vaccines, States have been guided not to exceed their 50 percent utilization rates for Moderna in order to reserve the second doses for all those already vaccinated.

“Most states have reached this percentage and priority is now focused on administering AstraZeneca vaccine as first dose vaccine in all states,” Shuaib said while providing update on the country’s vaccination exercise on Monday.

”As of September 12, 2021, a total of 4,052,756 eligible persons have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

“This is made up of 2,645,020 persons with the first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine and 1,407,736 eligible persons with first dose of Moderna vaccine.

“A total of 1,692,315 eligible persons are fully vaccinated and we currently have a national average of 70.4 percent utilization of the 2,000,040 doses of Moderna vaccines we received.

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“As you are aware, we have re-opened Astrazeneca administration as first dose to eligible persons (18 years and above) who have not been vaccinated,” he said.

Shuaib he said a recent study by the United States Centre for Disease Control (USCDC) which examined 600,000 COVID-19 cases, revealed that people who were unvaccinated were about four and a half times more likely to contract COVID-19.

“It further showed that those who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 were eleven times more likely to die of the disease and ten times more likely to be hospitalized with the disease.”

Shuaib also said that the agency had taken steps to ensure that the vaccines were administered in a safe and effective manner and were made free for all.

He said that there is the need for the states to hold their health workers accountable and sanction any of their health official that is found carrying out activities contrary to the mandates set by the Federal Government.

According to him, any State found to be condoning these acts of corruption will no longer be allocated vaccines.

“We have received reports of people trying to procure cards from health workers, these reports are being investigated and anyone found wanting would be prosecuted.

“It is important to emphasize that it is in the interest of public safety and collective well-being of Nigerians that the Federal Government has made available these vaccines free for all eligible persons,” he said.

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