According to the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Nigeria is experiencing a 40 per cent drop in the uptake of the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
This was disclosed by the Programme Manager, COVID-19 Crisis Communication Centre, Binta Bako during a media workshop on COVID-19 vaccination organised by NPHCDA in collaboration with Breakthrough Action, yesterday, in Abuja.
Bako observed that though vaccine uptake “is increasing in the country, Nigeria has not reached 50 per cent of its target population,” adding that only 11,514,316 persons out of the 111,776,503 target population have been vaccinated.
Data reports by the agency reveals that the South South and South East regions have the lowest vaccine up-take, even as Anambra and Enugu states have recorded significant improvement in their vaccination drive.
Bako explained that the country was using only Pfizer for the booster dose since December 10, and since January 1, “we started using it as first and second doses.”
While reiterating that Nigeria has clear plans to reach the target of vaccinating 56.8 million (50%) eligible Nigerians by first quarter of this year, Bako urged Nigerians, who have received their first dose of the jab, to go for the second, adding that the booster dose “is very important for optimal protection against the virus.”