FG approves COVID-19 vaccines booster for Nigerians
The COVID-19 Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) has authorized a booster vaccination against the deadly virus for eligible Nigerians.
Dr Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), told NAN in Abuja on Friday that the decision was made in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Health and the agency.
Shuaib added that the decision was made to administer booster doses to individuals who had finished two doses of Moderna, Pfizer Bio-N-Tech, AstraZeneca, or one dosage of Johnson & Johnson.
According to him, the eligibility criteria for taking the booster dose include any person of eighteen years and above, time interval of six months or more after receiving the second dose of Pfizer Bio-N-Tech, AstraZeneca or Moderna.
He said, “Time interval of two months or more after receiving the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
“Consequent upon the above, eligible Nigerians are advised to visit the nearest health facility or mass vaccination sites for their booster doses as from Dec.10, 2021, across the 36 states of the federation and the FCT.”
The NPHCDA scribe said a COVID-19 booster dose gives higher protection against the virus.
He urged all Nigerians to take advantage of the opportunity offered by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“The list of the vaccination sites is available on the NPHCDA website. The decision reached was for the administration of booster doses for those that had completed the two doses of Moderna, Pfizer Bio-N-Tech, AstraZeneca, or one dose of Johnson and Johnson.”
According to him, the eligibility criteria for taking the booster dose can be found on the website.
“For more information, contact the NPHCDA COVID-19 call center on 07002201122 for assistance,” Shauib advised.