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Nigeria plans mass vaccination drive, considers booster shot

epa09451853 A woman gets a covid-19 vaccine at the Ikeja primary health Centre in Lagos, Nigeria, 06 September 2021. Primary health care centers resumed public vaccination for Covid-19 on government directives, amidst continuous strike by Nigerian resident doctors. The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) began an open-end nationwide strike on 02 August over poor working conditions. EPA-EFE/AKINTUNDE AKINLEYE
By Reuters
18 Nov 2021 0

ABUJA, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Nigeria will start a mass Covid-19 vaccination campaign later this week, aiming to inoculate half of its targeted population by the end of January, government officials said.

Africa’s most-populous country has a goal to vaccinate 111 million people to reach herd immunity.

Under the initiative to start on Friday, 55 million doses or more than a million a day will be administered. The country has to date vaccinated only 2.9% of those eligible to get vaccines.

The plan will see vaccine sites set up at private health facilities, universities, colleges, stadiums, motor parks and shopping malls among other venues.

Boss Mustapha, head of the presidential steering committee on COVID-19, said the government “has enough vaccines in the pipeline to vaccinate about 50% of the target population by the end of January 2022.”

He also said the government was making efforts to secure booster shots “so as to build a healthy level of antibodies.” He did not provide details.

Faisal Shuaib, executive director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, said Nigeria received about 5 million AstraZeneca shots last month from the COVAX global-sharing facility, both purchases and donations. Nigeria also had commitments for 11.99 million and 12.2 million doses of Pfizer Inc/BioNTech and Moderna Inc COVID-19 vaccines, respectively, he said.

The government has purchased nearly 40 million Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses, which would be coming in batches, said Shuaib.

(Reporting by Felix Onuah; Writing by MacDonald Dzirutwe; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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