Third Wave Covid-19: FG receives 1,123,200 additional Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines

The Federal Government of Nigeria has received an additional 1,233,200 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to improve the rate of Covid-19 vaccination in the country.

According to the Executive Director National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Mr Faisal Shuaib, the latest shipment of the vaccines was received, through the AVAT platform, in Abuja on Saturday, September 3, 2021.

He said, “The NAFDAC team has already taken samples for analysis and are currently scanning the codes to ensure proper serialization of the vaccine.”

He mentioned that, as of Monday, September 6, 2021, a total of 3,600,858 eligible Nigerians had received their 1st dose of the Covid-19 vaccine; out of which 2,551,738 persons were vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine and 1,049,120 persons were vaccinated with the Moderna vaccine.

Mr Shuaib also addressed the questions raised about a few vaccinated individuals who contracted the Covid-19 infection having been vaccinated 14days prior to contracting the virus.

He said: “The observation is that in these individuals, the disease is usually milder than those who were unvaccinated. Vaccination prevents one from severe disease, hospitalization, and death. If our communities continue to remain unvaccinated, we will keep endangering our citizens most especially those who are vulnerable, elderly, or immune-compromised.”

He implored all unvaccinated individuals to register on to get their vaccines and to also, always, adhere to the laid down Covid-19 safety protocols.

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