The National Primary Health Care Development Agency has called on media practitioners to pay attention to statistical details in future, so that members of the public can remain guided by correct and truthful information, all the time.
The Executive Director, Dr Faisal Shuaib made the disclosure in a statement.
The statement reads:
“Our attention has been drawn to publications in some national dailies indicating that 96% of the total eligible population of Nigeria have been vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine so far; a figure purportedly obtained from the Press Conference organised by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency on Tuesday, 25th of May, 2021. This is not the correct statistics.”
“Nigerians are aware that the Federal Government of Nigeria has, till today, taken delivery of only a total of Four Million, Twenty Four Thousand (4,024,000) doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. This is made up of 3,924,000 doses of Astrazeneca vaccine from the COVAX facility arrangement and 100,000 doses of the same vaccine donated by the Government of India. ”
“This vaccine is sufficient to cover approximately 2 Million Nigerians targeted in this phase of vaccination with 2 complete shots.
Consequently, 1,929, 237 representing 96% of the eligible population of Nigerians in the first phase of this vaccination exercise have, as at 24th May, 2021 been vaccinated with the first dose”.