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COVID-19: PTF plans to vaccinate over 100m Nigerians by 2022

COVID-19: PTF plans to vaccinate over 100m Nigerians by 2022
March 01
19:43 2021

The presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19 says there are plans to vaccinate about 70 percent of the population between now and 2022.


According to Worldometer, global statistics platform, Nigeria’s total population figure currently stands at 209 million.

Nigeria is scheduled to take delivery of 3.92 million AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines via the COVAX facility on Tuesday. 

At a media briefing on Monday, Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF) and chairman of the PTF, highlighted the response in the last one year since Nigeria recorded its index case of the virus, and said the vaccines offer a huge ray of hope.


“Ladies and gentlemen, with the arrival of vaccines, we have entered the phase of the NPIs plus vaccines phase of the national response. As you have all heard, we shall receive four million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines tomorrow, Tuesday, 2nd March, 2021, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja,” he said. 

“This development offers a huge ray of hope that comes with its own challenges and responsibilities for all Nigerians. We must all be prepared to take responsibility.

“The following facts are germane: The development of vaccines is a ray of hope is a welcome development; vaccines alone cannot be a solution; accessing vaccines has been strategic and deliberate; vaccines coming to Nigeria shall be safe and efficacious; the PTF is coordinating while the FMOH/NPHCDA are directly implementing using existing infrastructure and skills set; the required vaccines strategy steering committee has been set up by the minister of health; the administration of vaccines shall be prioritised in a strategic manner beginning with health sector frontline workers and strategic leadership; over 2021 and 2022, we aim to vaccinate 70 percent of the population.” 


He said the achievement of the core objectives behind the aforementioned facts may be negatively affected, if there is hesitancy and scepticism, elite resistance, and possible emergence of unauthorised or fake vaccines.

Earlier, the federal government had launched a strategy for the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines.

The strategy, named T.E.A.C.H., is initiated by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) in collaboration with the federal ministry of health.

NPHCDA has also provided an e-registration link to enable Nigerians provide information on their preferred location to receive the doses, pending the availability of the vaccine.



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