- The Nigerian government has finally authorised vaccine booster against the rampaging Covid-19 pandemic
- According to Dr Faisal Shuaib, the Executive Director of NPHCDA, the decision was reached, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health and the agency
- The NPHCDA said that the eligibility criteria for taking the booster dose include: any person of 18 years and above
In what will excite many Nigerians, the federal government of Nigeria through the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19 has authorised vaccine booster against the pandemic for eligible citizens.
This was disclosed by Dr Faisal Shuaib, the Executive Director of, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), PM News reports.
According to him, the decision was reached, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health and the agency.
He said this is for those that had completed the two doses of AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer Bio-N-Tech or one dose of Johnson and Johnson, Channels Television added.
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“Time interval of two months or more after receiving the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Consequent upon the above, eligible Nigerians are advised to visit the nearest health facility or mass vaccination sites for their booster doses as from Dec.10, 2021, across the 36 states of the federation and the FCT."
According to him, a COVID-19 booster dose gives greater protection against the virus.
He urged all Nigerians to take advantage of the opportunity offered by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
COVID-19 vaccine: Buhari issues stern warning to world leaders
Meanwhile, world leaders and global health institutions have been cautioned against sidelining less priveledged countries in terms of access to COVID-19 vaccines.
President Muhammadu Buhari issued the warning on Thursday, November 11, while delivering a keynote speech at the Paris Peace Forum (PPF).
In a statement issued by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, and shared on Facebook, the president said the needless hoarding of vaccines will undermine the entire effort for safety. According to him, export restrictions that encouraged hoarding of vaccines needed to be lifted.
COVID-19 Vaccine: Don’t force workers to get vaccinated, persuade them, NLC sends message to FG
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) called on the federal government to stop the use of force in the enforcement of workers' vaccination.
The president of NLC, in a statement released on its official Facebook page and sent to Legit.ng on Monday, October 25, Ayuba Wabba made this call while also appealing to civil servants to get vaccinated.
Wabba who emphasized on the need for workers to get the COVID-19 vaccine, insists the FG should employ the use of persuasion and conviction rather than force.