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COAS Attahiru takes COVID-19 vaccine

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, on Friday, received the COVID-19 vaccine jab in his office alongside some principal staff officers of the Nigerian Army.

The Director of Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima also received vaccine.

After receiving the vaccine, Attahiru reiterated the call for all officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army to register and take the vaccine accordingly.

Nigeria took delivery of about four million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as part of an overall 16 million doses planned to be delivered in batches over the next few months.

The vaccines are being provided by COVAX, an unprecedented global effort to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

Meanwhile, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has indicated that as of March 25, a total of 325,514 eligible Nigerians have so far been vaccinated with the first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine.

In terms of the total number of eligible population vaccinated, Lagos, Ogun, Bauchi, Kaduna, and Jigawa have vaccinated the highest number of 81,185; 30,704; 30,538; 24,745; and 22,265 respectively.

In terms of percentage vaccinated relative to the target population, Bauchi, Jigawa, and Kwara are leading the pack at 37.9 percent, 32.5 percent, and 31.6 percent respectively.

So far, four states are yet to vaccinate a single person. The states are Kebbi, Kogi, Taraba and Zamfara.

The Kwara Government said about 20,420 people have so far been vaccinated in the ongoing first phase as at Day 7, since commencement of the exercise in the state.

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