Nigeria resumes COVID-19 vaccination

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State Governors and community leaders have a huge role to play in checking the spread of coronavirus, the Federal Government has insisted.

Government also expects every one in leadership position to “intensify mobilization efforts and continue to facilitate the vaccination of eligible persons in the States and LGAs to ensure all allocated vaccines for the second phase are fully utilized”, the Chairman Presidential Steering Committee on Covid-19, Boss Mustapha said today at the commencement of the second phase of vaccination in Abuja.

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At the event witnessed by policy makers in the health sector, community and religious leaders, Mustapha said all leaders “must take responsibility to safeguard the health of our people by ensuring that all eligible persons in our homes and communities get vaccinated.”

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Specifically he also charged state governments to ensure that travelers from all countries adhere to the mandatory seven-day self-isolation period and repeat their COVID-19 PCR test on the seventh day after arrival.

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The SGF promised appropriate sanctions for violators of travel protocols even as he emphasised that restrictions are still in force on travellers from Brazil, India, South Africa and Turkey in line with existing travel guidelines.

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“Citizens are strongly advised to minimize all non-essential international travels by land, air, or sea, at this time, specifically to countries that are showing rising number of cases and deaths from COVID-19,” said Mustapha who warned that  Nigeria is already witnessing the third wave of the Delta variant of the virus.

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He urged all eligible citizens to demand for, make the extra effort to access the vaccines and get vaccinated while reiterating that “all available vaccines are safe and efficacious and it is our only hope out of this pandemic for now.”

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The SGF said the Federal Government is committed to ensuring that Nigerians have unfettered access to COVID-19 vaccines  but advised that those vaccinated must continue to “observe the non-pharmaceutical measures – wear your face mask, wash your hands frequently, maintain physical distancing, until we have vaccinated enough eligible Nigerians to achieve herd immunity.”

Mustapha recalled that the first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination and the entire National Response has been adjudged by World Health Organisation as one of the best in the world even as he said that there is still room for improvement.

The second national flag off will administer 4,000,080 doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine donated by the Government of the United States and 177,600 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccines out of the 29,850,000 doses the Federal Government purchased through the Africa-Import-Export Bank and the

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