The Federal Government has announced that a total number of 4,052,756 eligible persons have received their 1st dose of COVID-19 vaccine as at September 12, 2021.
It said, of the over 4 million persons 2,645,020 persons have taken the first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine while 1,407,736 eligible persons have taken the first dose of Moderna vaccine.
The Executive Director National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) Dr. Faisal Shuaibu released this figures on Monday at the media briefing of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 in Abuja.
He further said a total of 1,692,315 eligible persons are fully vaccinated and that they currently have a national average of 70.4% utilization of the 2,000,040 doses of Moderna vaccines they received.
Dr. Faisal reiterated the need for those that have taken the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to go ahead to the nearest designated health facilities for their second doses.
He however said that they do not promote preference of one vaccine brand over the other noting that they strongly discourage mixing of vaccine brand for first and second doses.
The Executive Director said in order to end this pandemic, we must achieve enough level of population immunity so that the virus essentially becomes a nuisance and no longer a threat.
He said the only way to achieve this is if eligible persons come out for vaccination and observe the non-pharmaceutical interventions.
He advised Nigerians to be mindful of the long-term effects of COVID-19 infection, which is characterized by blood clotting disorders, lung and kidney problems while stating that all COVID-19 vaccines are safe and capable of protecting people against the disease.