The Federal government said yesterday that they would begin to administer dose of booster vaccination to persons who had earlier collected either two doses of AstraZeneca, Moderna or Pfizer Bio-N-Tech or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson.
The Federal government said the booster dose vaccination is an opportunity for the country to further protect itself from corona virus.
The Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, Dr Faisal Shuaib, said so far, the country has not recorded any death among those that are vaccinated.
He said: “Following the detection of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in Nigeria, the Federal Government reviewed the country’s vaccination programme and resolved to introduce the booster dose, using the Pfizer Bio-N-Tech vaccine across the country”.
“This will take effect as from tomorrow (today), Friday, December 10, 2021. It is pertinent to reiterate the fact that the Nigerian COVID-19 vaccination programme is science-driven”.
“Evidence has shown that the booster dose further increases protection against the virus. Eligibility for the booster dose includes being 18 years and above, fully vaccinated with either two doses of AstraZeneca, Moderna or Pfizer Bio-N-Tech or a single dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine”.
T”time interval before the booster dose is at least six months for these vaccines, except the Johnson & Johnson which is at least two months”.
“This is another opportunity to be further protected. I, therefore, urge all those who have taken the right decision to be fully vaccinated to walk into the nearest vaccination site for their booster dose as from tomorrow (today)”.
“I want to reassure everyone that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and efficacious. We have in place the required measures and precautions to ensure vaccine monitoring and accountability”.