COVID-19 vaccine: FG reopens administration of first dose

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The Federal government has reopened the administration of first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in various parts of the country.

Dr Faisal Shuaib, the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), said at a briefing that, those that earlier received the first dose of vaccine to go for the send dose between 6-12 weeks after taking the first dose.

“Recall that we officially closed the vaccination for the first dose on May 24, 2021.

“Since then, we have been inundated with requests by Nigerians to be vaccinated.

“We have decided to reopen vaccination for the first dose from today,” Shuaib said.

He urged Nigerians who have received their first dose to 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 virus.

Such persons would be due to receive their second dose of the jab in 12 weeks.

He pleaded that, Nigerians who have received their first dose at least six weeks ago to visit the nearest vaccination site to receive their second dose, on or before June 25 when the administration of the second dose will close.

As of June 15, Nigeria have administered 1,978,808 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and 680,345 second doses.

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