COVID-19: 56% Nigerians Fully Vaccinated, Says NPHCDA

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The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has confirmed that 56 per cent of eligible population has fully been vaccinated for COVID-19.

The health agency made this disclosure from its COVID-19 vaccination update as of 17 January, 2023, via its official Twitter handle.

The report revealed that 64,856,743 of total eligible population targeted for COVID-19 vaccination were reached with booster dose.

According to the statement, 36 states of the Federation and  the FCT were reached with the booster dose of the vaccination, with leading states having highest vaccinated population including Kano (1,476,431), Osun (959,686),  Kaduna (877,970), Oyo (714,090), Plateau (575,850), and Lagos (486,392).

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While the following states had the lowest population vaccinated with the booster dose: Sokoto (804), Ebonyi (3,582), Kogi (13,624), Bayelsa (31,723) and Taraba (37,667).

In addition, the agency also made it known that 11,937,499 of total eligible persons targeted for 1st dose of the COVID-19 vaccination were partially vaccinated.

States with the highest population vaccinated with the 1st dose according to the report were: Kano (3,018,698), Jigawa (1,016,005), Sokoto (464,029), Kastina (449,076), Oyo (368,833), and Osun (313,632).

Meanwhile, states with lowest population for the 1st dose of vaccination were : Bayelsa (38, 566), Abia (65,676), Edo (85,774), Adamawa (101,954), Akwa-Ibom (138,868), and Anambra (240,058).

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For the 2nd dose, states with the highest population vaccinated according to the report were: Kano (7,881,935), Kaduna (6,590,886), Jigawa (5,029,312), Adamawa (2,493,489), Gombe (1,645,047), and Ekiti (1,571,793).

The lowest population with the 2nd dose of vaccination according to states were : Bayelsa (207,895), Ebonyi (251,923), Kogi (368,065), Rivers (578,798), and FCT (788,036).

The COVID-19 vaccines are substances that produce immunity from a disease. It may contain an antigen such as measles, yellow fever & polio vaccines, or a combination of antigens, which could be pentavalent vaccine. An antigen is a biological agent that induces immune response in the human body.

Everyone aged 5 and over can get a 1st and 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. While adolescents  aged 16 and over, and children aged 12 to 15, can also get a booster dose.

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People aged 5 and over who had a severely weakened immune system when they had their first 2 doses, will be offered a 3rd dose before any booster doses.

People aged 75 and over, people who live in care homes for older people, and people aged 12 and over who have a weakened immune system, will be offered a spring booster.

 

 

 

 

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