FG expresses fears over inability to meet COVID-19 vaccination target


The Federal Government has expressed concern over the country’s failure to achieve the target set for COVID-19 vaccination, adding that only three states – Nasarawa, Jigawa and Kano had performed optimally with regards to the attainment of vaccination coverage of 50%.

According to the government as of Monday, not less than 40 million eligible Nigerians have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccines, while only 27.7 million have been fully vaccinated,

This number represents 25% of the total proportion of persons vaccinated, which falls short of the 70% vaccination target set by the end of the year.

Speaking during the official flag-off of the SCALES 3.0 Strategy by the Federal Ministry of Health in collaboration with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) in Abuja, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha expressed regret over the low proportion of fully vaccinated Nigerians compared to the set target.

“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”, he said.

In his remarks, the Country Representative of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Walter Mulombo, called for caution as there is no end in sight to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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