The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has urged Nigerians to seek the second dosage of the COVID-19 vaccination, stating that President Muhammadu Buhari and his Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, have both got their doses.
State governors, lawmakers, and traditional rulers are starting to get their second vaccination shots, according to Dr. Faisal Shuaib, the NPHCDA’s Executive Director.
Shuaib stated at a news briefing in Abuja on Monday that 1,956,598 targeted Nigerians had received their first dosage of the Oxford/Astrazeneca vaccine.
He said: “I will begin with an update on our vaccination efforts. 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.”
“73,465 Nigerians have also received their 2nd 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. I can assure you that we are all doing well. Indeed, on my part, the side effects following the second dose were much less than the first dose.”