The Federal Government has put in place plans for the establishment of mass COVID-19 vaccination sites across the county.
This is reportedly line with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) commitment to ramp up COVID-19 vaccine uptake.
The Executive Director of the NPHCDA Dr. Faisal Shuaib disclosed this in Abuja at a media briefing on Thursday on the update of COVID-19 vaccination in the country.
According to him, the objective of the strategy is to vaccinate a high volume of individuals through large sites such as Federal institutions (universities, polytechnics), shopping malls, religious centers, sporting events, conference centers, and markets etc.
He said this will require strong collaboration between NPHCDA, State Governments, religious bodies, school authorities and governing bodies of malls and large sporting events.
Dr. Shuaib encouraged all eligible Nigerians to avail themselves for vaccination adding that they have commenced the process of decentralizing COVID-19 vaccination in Nigeria, to include private health care providers.
He said this is to expand access and increase utilization of the vaccines noting that the decentralization will not affect the Federal Government’s free vaccination policy.
The ED said the COVID-19 vaccines will be administered free off charges, at both government and private health facilities or the venues of the mass vaccination sites and that the vaccination cards should be given free off charge after vaccination.
He added that Interested private health facilities will be required to meet certain criteria including having the requisite qualified health care workers, among others.
He assured that the NPHCDA is putting measures in place to ensure close and effective monitoring and supervision of any participating private health facilities to ensure standards are not compromised.