Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, has said that only three states out of the 36 states and the Federation Capital Territory (FCT) have vaccination coverage of over 50 per cent.
He said the states are Nasarawa, Jigawa and Kano, leaving 33 states and the FCT performing sub-optimally.
The minister made this known at the flag-off of the SCALES 3.0 Strategy, aimed at accelerating the integrated COVID-19 vaccination scheme with routine immunisation in Abuja
“As you might be aware, the federal government has through the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) deployed several strategies including the optimised SCALES 2.0 strategy to ramp up integrated COVID-19 vaccination and Primary Health Care services across the country. Consequently, our vaccination effort has scaled up significantly.
“However, the total performance still leaves much to be desired. As of 3rd August 2022, only 24.4 per cent of the total eligible population have been fully vaccinated. Only three states (Nasarawa, Jigawa and Kano) have vaccination coverage of over 50 per cent, leaving 34 states performing sub-optimally in terms of COVID-19 vaccination coverage. Hence, the need for the team to refine the current SCALES 2.0 strategy to accelerate COVID-19 vaccination, identifying unique enablers per state and deploy state-specific strategies.”
On his part, the executive director of the NPHCDA, Faisal Shuaib, said with the optimised SCALES 2.0 strategy, the country’s national vaccination coverage progressed from about 17 million to 40 million as at 8th August 2022 for the first dose, representing over a 100 per cent increase in coverage during the first phase.
“We are looking at how we can now move closer to the people by looking not only from the health facilities, but making sure that we are able to go settlement-by-settlement, and then in some instances, go door-by-door.
“This will ensure that the vaccines are now brought closer to where people live and work. We are also using the opportunity to provide second doses of booster doses to Nigerians who have already taken the first dose, and for first timers to go and take the COVID-19 vaccine.”
In his remark, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha regretted that the proportion of fully vaccinated Nigerians is still low when compared to the set target.
“The present record of only 24.4 percent of the total eligible population of fully vaccinated as at August 3 2022 leaves much to be desired.”