FG orders some states to pause COVID-19 vaccination
The Nigerian government yesterday said some states might have to halt COVID-19 vaccination because the country is not sure of when another batch of vaccines would arrive in the country.
Speaking at the media briefing of the Presidential Task Force, Minister of State for Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora disclosed that the directive had become necessary because the government could not guarantee when the next batch of vaccines would arrive in the country.
“We believe that in a situation where we still cannot specifically determine when the next batch of AstraZeneca vaccine will arrive, I think wisdom dictates that it’s better for us to vaccinate people fully,”
The minister stated that it was also to enable those who had received their first jab to be able to complete their vaccination.
“So, we can say that we have a pool of citizens that have been fully vaccinated since this vaccination comes in two doses,” he said. “So that’s what gave rise to that directive, rather than just going ahead with just a single dose when the full dose should be two doses of the same.
Mr Mamora added, “So we felt that it was proper for us in the circumstance to ensure that those who have been vaccinated have been fully vaccinated.”