The Federal government has warned that the Delta variant of the COVID-19 is highly contagious, more than twice contagious as previous COVID-19 variants.
The Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) Dr. Faisal Shuaib gave the warning on Tuesday at the weekly press briefing on COVID-19 vaccination update.
He said the more a community/society remains unvaccinated, the more they allow this virus to mutate to other more virulent forms.
While noting that we have the vaccines to stop this mutation process and prevent deaths related to this disease he encouraged Nigerians to take advantage of the efforts by the Federal Government to ensure citizens are safe and protected from this virus.
Responding to questions about a few vaccinated individuals who have contracted COVID-19 infection he said rare cases of COVID-19 infection occur in individuals who have received the vaccination more than 14 days prior, it is called breakthrough infection.
He added that the observation is that in these individuals, the disease is usually milder than those who were unvaccinated noting that vaccination prevents one from severe disease, hospitalization and death.
The NPHCDA Boss further said that if our communities continue to remain unvaccinated, we will keep endangering our citizens most especially those who are vulnerable, elderly or immuno-compromised.
He encouraged all to be their brother’s keepers and adhere to all measures to not just protect themselves, but their loved ones, friends and communities noting that taking the jab is a first step towards taking responsibility.
Speaking further on the COVID-19 protocol, Dr. Shuaib said just like Nigeria, every Country has its own COVID-19 travel rules, and guidelines for travellers coming from other Countries.
He said this should be a motivation for all eligible Nigerians to get vaccinated, in order for us to increase our population coverage and return back to normalcy.