Reports from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reported by media houses, has confirmed to Nigerians interested in getting the Covid 19 jab that, although the second batch of the vaccine, is now in the country, the mass inoculation exercise scheduled for Tuesday August 10, will no longer hold on that day.
According to a statement issued on Sunday August 8 in Abuja, by Mr. Willie Bassey, spokesperson of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on Covid 19, the vaccination exercise expected to start on Tuesday August 10, at the Federal Medical Centre, Jabi, Abuja, is now postposed due to some unforeseen circumstances.
In Bassey’s words, “This is to announce the postponement of the national flag-off of phase II vaccination programme earlier scheduled for Tuesday this week due to unforeseen circumstances. He added, “a new date for the vaccination exercise will be communicated to the public.”
We will recalled that U.S. President Joe Biden, in May, pledged to share 80 million vaccines with countries around the world, out of which Africa is expected to receive 25 million. Consequent upon Biden’s statement, Nigeria, although still fighting the delta variant amidst rising cases, has received her shipment of four million doses of the Covid 19 Moderna vaccines donated by the United States, through COVAX facility in the country.
The vaccine roll-out exercise which is expected to be in four phases according to the Executive Director of the National Primary health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib will start with health workers, and other frontline workers, the Covid 19 rapid response team, member of laboratory network, and other Nigerians.
However, as stated by Dr. Shuaib, the second phase of the vaccination exercise will capture older adults from 50 years and above and people with comorbidities aged between 18 and 49 years.
It has also been confirmed by news reports that, Nigeria is also expecting about 700, 000 doses of the vaccines in the coming week and another 3.9 million doses by Mid – August.