By Moses Emorinken

The Federal Government has disclosed that more Nigerians are getting vaccinated against the COVID-19 pandemic, as a total of 41,319,969 persons have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

According to data from the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), as of May 11, 2022, in all the 36 States plus the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), 24,840,345 eligible persons targeted for COVID-19 vaccination have been partially vaccinated, while 16,479,624 have been fully vaccinated. Therefore, 22.2 percent have been partially vaccinated, while 14.7 percent have been fully vaccinated.

He further disposed that the country has now exceeded a 230,000 daily vaccination rate, with Nasarawa, Jigawa, Kano, Kaduna, and Kwara leading in the number one vaccinations across the country.

The Executive Director of the NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, who made this known at a gathering organised by the staff of the Agency to celebrate his recent National Productivity Order of Merit Award by President Muhammad Buhari (GCFR), at the Aso Villa, during the 19th National Productive Day, described the award as an invitation and impetus to more work to protect the lives of Nigerians.

He said: “We have had public service announcements encouraging Nigerians to check their records before they go to the airport. This is because we know that there are those that have fraudulently gotten the vaccination cards.

“We have also put in place measures that will identify those individuals; those individuals have to be separated from those who have genuinely gotten the vaccines and their vaccination cards are correct. This is what we have been doing to make sure that people that have the vaccination cards and the record are actually vaccinated according to our protocols.”

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