The federal ministry of information and culture on Wednesday, March 10, released some facts Nigerians should know before taking part in the e-registration exercise for the COVID-19 vaccination throughout the country.
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The ministry on its Twitter page announced that the vaccination exercise is conducted by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and registration is to be done on the agency's website: nphcda.gov.ng.
Other facts of the exercise as revealed by the ministry are given below:
1. Free of charge
According to the ministry, the registration is entirely free. It added that those applying for it should only make sure they have an internet-enabled device.
2. Protected website
It also assured Nigerians that the website is protected from being tampered with by hackers and cyber-criminals. To ensure this, it said there is a team of ICT professionals whose task is to protect the site at all times.
3. Availability of registration agents
The federal government said in case persons who are up to 18 years and above without access to the internet intend to register, they can simply walk up to the nearest vaccination site in their wards, get registered on-site, and scheduled for the jab.
4. Target age
It explained that at the moment, the target age for e-registration is 18 years and beyond in Nigeria.
5. Assitance for aged persosn
Some elderly persons without access to mobile handsets can be assisted by people who do so long as their details are entered online during the registration.
6. Use of QR code
The ministry explained that the QR code on the vaccination card authenticates the holder's records which will be relevant to Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) of the government.
7. Vaccination card only for vaccinated persons
Lastly, the ministry said no one who has not taken part in the vaccination exercise can own a card.
Meanwhile, a presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, had assured Nigerians that the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine was safe.
He said President Muhammadu Buhari did not suffer any side effects after getting his jab on Saturday, March 6.
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