Nigerian government to integrate child immunization and COVID-19 vaccination campaigns

The Nigerian government has announced plans to integrate routine childhood immunization at various COVID-19 vaccination sites across the country. Chief Executive of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib, made this known at the national weekly COVID-19 briefing in Abuja on Tuesday. Shuaib said the integration is to ensure preventable childhood illnesses are not neglected in the pandemic response. He said; “In this phase of massive vaccination against COVID-19, the campaign would be integrated with childhood immunization and other primary health care services. “What this simply means is that along with COVID-19 vaccines, childhood vaccines will also be available at COVID-19 vaccination sites. “Childhood vaccines protect against polio, whooping cough, measles, yellow fever, tetanus, tuberculosis, and other preventable childhood diseases.” He urged parents or guardians with children ages 0-23 months to bring them to vaccination sites. covid-19 vaccination Shuaib said that more than 14 million eligible people in Nigeria have received the first injection of COVID-19 vaccines. He also said that more than five million eligible Nigerians took their second dose, making them vaccinated against the virus. “Our record as of today, Tuesday, January 25, 2022, shows that 14,093,873 eligible individuals have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Nigeria, while 5,252,406 eligible Nigerians have been fully vaccinated,” He said. Shuaib, however, said that these results are not evenly distributed among the states of the federation. He said a deep dive into state performance reveals that Nasarawa, Jigawa, FCT, Ogun and Kwara have remained the top 5 performing states in COVID-19 vaccine adoption. “It is worth mentioning that Jigawa and Lagos have each vaccinated about 1.5 million eligible Nigerians with the first dose, while FCT, Nasarawa, Lagos and Delta are in the lead in administering the second dose with more than 10 % of eligible populations in each of the states already vaccinated,” he said. He said that this information will serve as a stimulus for the states in the acceptance of the vaccine, in the future. More cases Shuaib said the holiday season has come with a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases across the country. He said a number of unvaccinated people were migrating from cities to rural areas and back to cities. He said; “Globally, we saw the emergence of new variants, such as the IHU variant in France, which is said to have 46 mutations, Deltacron in Cyprus, and the Omicron variant that remains highly infectious with a rapidly spreading BA.2 subvariant. “More of our citizens were contracting the infection. Fortunately for our vaccinated population, those who contracted the infection had mild symptoms that they managed at home due to the immunity provided by the vaccine.” The NPHCDA chief added that new variants are emerging because there is still a large proportion of the population eligible to be vaccinated. He noted that vaccination prevents people from serious illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths related to the virus. He encouraged Nigerians to use the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination campaign across the country to get fully vaccinated. He said; “It is important that we protect ourselves and our loved ones from getting stuck. Our vaccination exercise has been expanded to allow easier access for all eligible individuals. ALSO READ: COVID-19 vaccination: States react as NPHCDA releases “performance ranking” “All vaccination sites are open to eligible individuals 18 years of age and older for the first, second, and booster doses. We call on Nigerians to take advantage of this opportunity in the ongoing mass vaccination exercise to get vaccinated against COVID-19.” advertisements In its statements, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Nigerian representative Peter Hawkins said that more and more Nigerians are getting vaccinated against COVID-19 on a daily basis. Hawkins said that some 200,000 Nigerians are vaccinated against COVID-19 every day. He said that this is a great achievement compared to the country’s starting point. He said that this figure can be further expanded to 300,000 daily to meet the country’s goal of 2022. Mr. Hawkins urges state governments to reinvigorate their efforts to ensure that vaccines are not only available, but that people get vaccinated. He also said that Nigeria has so far received around 60 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Nigerian government to integrate child immunization and COVID-19 vaccination campaigns