The National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) has yesterday disclosed that its agency has vaccinated about 5.8million Nigerians for the first dose of the pandemic coronavirus and still counting. The Kwara state coordinator for NPHCDA, Mrs. Debora Oladipo made this known yesterday in Ilorin during the mass COVID-19 vaccination in the state. According to Mrs. Oladipo, a total of 5,891,305 persons which amounts to about 5.3% of the Nigerian total population eligible for the vaccination have taken the first dose, while 3,252,067 that is 2.9% have taken the second dose and fully vaccinated.
In her statement, “As we are all aware, the overall population of eligible persons targeted for COVID-19 vaccination to enable the country reach herd immunity against the disease is 111,776,503.
She added that “With this figure, you will agree with me that this is a tiny fraction of our population".
Oladipo in her speech reiterated that although Nigeria has a long way to go considering the size of our population as a country, the year is coming to an end accompanied by a flurry of activities amongst the populace.
Noting that there is still going to be a mass movement of people into and across the country, this would interstate movements that would be characterized by merriments.
The NPHCDA coordinator insisted that Nigerians cannot deny that the virus is still in force, revealing that there has been a surge in the number of reported cases recently according to a report released by the NCDC.
Oladipo said that it has become necessary for a mass vaccination campaign to create more awareness among Nigerians.