- The electronic registration for the COVID-19 vaccination has generated mixed reactions across the country
- The NMA is not in support of the website launched by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA)
- According to the association, the procedure would violate the agreement of frontline workers getting vaccinated first
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The COVID-19 registration portal recently launched by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) is causing ripples in the country's medical field with the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) faulting the move by the federal government.
Prof. Innocent Uja, the president of the medical association on Monday, March 1, said the online registration would violate the agreement of vaccinating frontline workers first before anyone else, The Punch reports.
According to Uja, there was an agreement that frontline workers, Nigerians from the age of 60 and above, people with hypertension, liver disease, as well as security operatives would be the first to take the vaccine.
The president of the medical association went on to note that he was not aware of the idea of online registration before getting the vaccine, adding that he doesn't know the process.
Speaking further Uja explained that the NPHCDA may have come out with the new procedure to test the acceptability of the vaccine.
However, the NMA president said such a process online might be hampered because of illiterates who did not know how to fill the form.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the federal government launched a portal for Nigerians to register themselves for the COVID-19 vaccination ahead of the delivery of N3.92 million doses of vaccine.
This was made known in a tweet by the NPHCDA on Monday, March 1. The development was also confirmed by presidential aide, Tolu Ogunlesi, who noted that the portal has been opened.
In a related development, here's a step-by-step guide on how you can register for the vaccine, book a date and time for the vaccination.
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