The Nigerian government has clarified why states should place COVID-19 vaccination on hold after they have used half of the doses allotted to them.
On Tuesday, Olorunnimbe Mamora, Minister of State for Health, talked to the media at a Presidential Task Force (PTF) briefing on COVID-19.
The official stated that the delivery date for the second batch of the AstraZeneca vaccine had not yet been verified.
It was important, he said, for those who had already obtained their first vaccine to finish it.
“In a situation where we still cannot determine when the next batch of AstraZeneca vaccine will arrive, it is better for us to vaccinate people fully.”
In accordance with global guidelines, the minister reminded Nigerians that they would get two doses of the vaccine.
The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) explained that a person should not take the AstraZeneca vaccine and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at the same time.
Faisal Shuaib, the NPHCDA’s Chief Executive Officer, cautioned Nigerians that multiple vaccines may have significant side effects.
“You cannot take the AstraZeneca on your left and Johnson & Johnson on the right. Both have to be doses of AstraZeneca”, Shuaib said.