IDPs To Start Receiving COVID-19 Booster Jabs Tomorrow, Says FG

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  • …those eligible for the booster shots have to be 18 years and above. 

EKO HOT BLOG reports that the Federal Government is set to begin the administration of COVID-19 booster jabs tomorrow, December 10, 2021.

The Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib stated this during the flag-off of the mass vaccination campaigns for Internally Displaced Persons in Abuja.

According to Shuaib, the Federal Government had resolved to make use of the Pfizer Bio-N-tech vaccine as COVID-19 booster jabs.

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He said, “The Federal Government reviewed the country’s vaccination programme and resolved to introduce the booster dose using the Pfizer Bio-N-Tech vaccine across the country. This will take effect from Friday, December 10, 2021. It is pertinent to reiterate the fact that the Nigerian COVID-19 vaccination programme is science-driven. Evidence has shown that the booster dose further increases protection against the virus.”

Shuaib further stated that those eligible for the booster shots have to be 18 years and above.

“Eligibility for the booster dose includes being 18 years and above, fully vaccinated with either two doses of AstraZeneca, Moderna or Pfizer Bio-N-Tech or a single dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. The time interval before the booster dose is at least six months for these vaccines, except the Johnson and Johnson which is at least two months.

“This is another opportunity to be further protected. I, therefore, urge all those who have taken the right decision to be fully vaccinated, to walk into the nearest vaccination site for their booster dose as from tomorrow,” he said.

He further assured that the booster shots are safe and efficacious.

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