COVID-19: Federal government explains stoppage of vaccination
The Federal Government has explained why it asked all states to stop administering the COVID-19 vaccine once they used half of the doses allocated to them.
Minister of State for Health, Sen. Olorunnimbe Mamora, gave the explanation at media briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja.
According to him, it was important that those who already received their first jab complete their vaccination, and two doses of the vaccination must be taken, in line with global protocols.
“In a situation where we still cannot determine when the next batch of AstraZeneca vaccine will arrive, it is better for us to vaccinate people fully.”
The NPHCDA Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, clarified that the AstraZeneca vaccines and Johnson and Johnson vaccine could not be taken by the same individual.
He also warned Nigerians that different jabs could cause serious negative effects.
“You cannot take the AstraZeneca on your left and Johnson & Johnson on the right. Both have to be doses of AstraZeneca”, Shuaib said.