Nigeria is expecting delivery of 3.92million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from the COVAX facility between the end of July and early August. The Executive Director of, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, disclosed this at a press conference in Abuja on Monday. He said the agency has since been inundated with requests to be vaccinated, adding that in response, NPHCDA has decided to reopen vaccination for the first dose. He said, “We now have information that Nigeria will get 3.92m doses of Oxford-Astrazeneca by end of July or early August.
“As we receive additional information on the exact dates in August, we will provide an update regarding timelines and details.”
Meanwhile, the administration of the second dose of Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine in the country will end by 25th June 2021.
“This means anyone 18 years and above who has not been vaccinated should visit the nearest vaccination site for the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine,” Shuaib added.
“For such persons, their second dose will be due in 12 weeks, and by then we would have received the next consignment of vaccines. I will once again remind those listening that we are advising that all Nigerians who have received their first dose check their vaccination cards for the date of their first dose and ensure that they receive the second dose between 6 – 12 weeks after their 1st dose to gain full protection against COVID-19. Please note that in some cases the location of your second dose may be different from your first dose, so please be sure to confirm this.”
Shuaib noted that the vaccination teams are making strides in the vaccine rollout, working hand in hand with the local communities all across Nigeria.