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COVID-19: Nigeria vaccinates more than 700,000 people

More than 700,000 people have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Nigeria, 26 days after it arrived the country.

According to an update by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), as of Wednesday evening, 718,412 eligible Nigerians have been vaccinated.

Lagos, the epicenter of the disease in Nigeria, has vaccinated 136,356 people; making it the highest in the country, followed by Ogun with 50,870, Kaduna with 46,474, Katsina with 37,819, Bauchi with 33,368 and Kano with 33,258.

The Nigerian government had said its plan to vaccinate 109 million people against the COVID-19 virus over a period of two years.

At a recent briefing, the Chairman of the NPHCDA, Faisal Shuaib, said, “The vaccine roll-out will be in four phases, starting with health workers, frontline workers, COVID-19 rapid response team, laboratory network, policemen, petrol station workers and strategic leaders.

“Phase 2 – Older adults aged 50 years and above. Those with co-morbidities aged 18 – 49 years of age.

“Phase 3 – Those in states/LGAs with high disease burden and who missed phases 1 and 2.

“Phase 4 – Other eligible population as vaccines become available.”

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