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We have administered over 1m persons with Astrazeneca vaccine- NPHCDA

Bukola Afeni
The National Primary Health Care Development Agency has administered 1,071,346 eligible persons  with the Astrazeneca vaccine,  in the first vaccination phase.
The Executive Director, NPHCDA , Dr Faisal Shuaib,  said the data is  based on reports received from states through the Electronic Management of Immunization Data (EMID) system, and do not take into account vaccinations that are not yet captured in the system.
“These are the people who have their information already uploaded on their data base, while others are awaiting upload, potentially due to network problems, and the high traffic of those coming in to take their shots at the same time. “
“While we continue to optimize the registration and immunization data system, we also encourage the state teams to deploy the most suitable internet service for their locations, in order to speed up the data entry process, so that we can have the actual number of vaccinated people at any given time. “
Dr Shuaib said the initial challenges experienced by Kogi state citizens in accessing the vaccines has been resolved by the Presidential Steering Committee, (PSC) on COVID-19.
 “As you are aware, about 16,900 doses of the Astrazeneca vaccines was delivered to the State,  and they have since launched their COVID-19 vaccination programme. We are gratified to say that it is going very
 well.
 We are glad to be able to progress quickly and offer immunization to more members of the community.”
In addition, he added that the Federal Government of Nigeria through the PSC has only one channel of distributing the COVID-19 vaccines to all Nigerians.
 “It is very important for the general public to be mindful that the ongoing vaccination is only available in designated health centers as structured by the NPHCDA, which is the primary agency under the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH), charged with the responsibility of all vaccine related matters.”
He added that the agency is  careful to ensure that only those who are eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in the current phase are being vaccinated.
 “The category of people  include health workers, their support staff, other frontline workers,  and strategic leaders.
In  the last few days, we have also included those who meet the age requirements. We continue to communicate these eligibility criteria to our teams in the states, in order to address earlier misunderstandings around people who are being vaccinated across the country.”

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