FG Targetting At Least 70% Of Nigerians For COVID-19 Vaccination – Boss Mustapha

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A health worker prepares to inoculate a private hospital staff with a Covid-19 vaccine in Hyderabad on January 28, 2021. Noah SEELAM / AFP
A health worker prepares to inoculate a private hospital staff with a Covid-19 vaccine in Hyderabad on January 28, 2021. Noah SEELAM / AFP

 

No fewer than 70 per cent of the Nigerian population will be vaccinated when the Federal Government takes delivery of the COVID-19 vaccines.

This is a target the government has set for itself and has assured Nigerians that it will do all it can to ensure the goal is achieved.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, gave the assurance on Monday on behalf of the government at an event in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Speaking at the ‘Sensitisation Meeting on COVID-19 Vaccine introduction for Christian Leaders and Scholars, he stated that no one would be allowed to travel to any part of the world without getting vaccinated in the coming weeks.

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Mustapha, who is also the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 noted that the countries across the world were already embracing vaccination and Nigeria cannot be left out.

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He, therefore, urged Nigerians to wave off conspiracies, stressing that the COVID-19 vaccines that the Federal Government was expecting would be properly screened by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) before administration.

A file photo of the SGF, Mr Boss Mustapha, addressing reporters at a PTF briefing in Abuja.

 

The government’s assurance to ensure many Nigerians get vaccinated comes four weeks after the PTF National Coordinator, Dr Sani Aliyu, highlighted the importance of getting immunised against COVID-19 when the vaccines were available.

Dr Aliyu who was a guest on one of the January editions of Channels Television’s Sunday Politics said the vaccines would only be administered at individual’s will.

He had also clarified the controversy trailing the insinuations that people might have to pay to get vaccinated, insisting that it would be free.

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The PTF coordinator, however, explained that in administering the vaccines, the government would prioritise the healthcare workers and elderly among others in the vulnerable group.

On Sunday, Nigeria recorded 685 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 – the lowest single-day figured to be reported since the beginning of the second wave of the pandemic in December 2020.

This brings the total confirmed cases in the country to 131,242, out of which 104,989 people have recovered with the death toll from COVID-19 at 1,586.

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the nation has 24,667 active cases in various states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

 

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See the breakdown of cases according to states below:

States Affected No. of Cases (Lab Confirmed) No. of Cases (on admission) No. Discharged No. of Deaths
Lagos 49,274 8,027 40,933 314
FCT 16,863 5,754 10,983 126
Plateau 7,894 550 7,291 53
Kaduna 7,661 542 7,062 57
Oyo 5,417 1,205 4,127 85
Rivers 5,276 713 4,484 79
Edo 3,794 609 3,046 139
Ogun 3,381 536 2,802 43
Kano 2,992 355 2,558 79
Delta 2,323 534 1,737 52
Ondo 2,300 249 2,000 51
Kwara 1,936 346 1,549 41
Katsina 1,864 107 1,730 27
Nasarawa 1,810 1,472 325 13
Enugu 1,738 296 1,421 21
Gombe 1,606 121 1,443 42
Osun 1,537 369 1,136 32
Ebonyi 1,423 182 1,211 30
Abia 1,220 114 1,094 12
Bauchi 1,142 8 1,117 17
Imo 1,116 263 835 18
Borno 957 147 774 36
Anambra 893 540 334 19
Akwa Ibom 878 327 541 10
Benue 848 284 544 20
Sokoto 748 32 690 26
Niger 688 257 417 14
Bayelsa 669 69 576 24
Adamawa 631 363 240 28
Ekiti 577 102 466 9
Jigawa 460 59 390 11
Taraba 412 83 314 15
Kebbi 270 4 253 13
Yobe 241 34 199 8
Zamfara 203 10 185 8
Cross River 195 4 179 12
Kogi 5 3 2
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