Fderal Government, has explained why it stopped states from administering the COVID-19 vaccines after using half of the doses allocated.
The directive became necessary since there was no assurance of when next the second batch of the AstraZeneca vaccine would arrive the country.
Sen. Olorunnimbe Mamora, who is the The Minister of State for Health, reveals this at a media briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, held on Tuesday, in Abuja.
The Minister stated that it was also to enable those who had received their first dose to be able to complete their vaccination.
“We believe that in a situation where we still cannot specifically determine when the next batch of AstraZeneca vaccine will arrive, then I think wisdom dictates that it’s better for us to vaccinate people fully.
“And so, we can say that we have a pool of citizens that have been fully vaccinated since this vaccination comes in two doses.
“So that’s what gave rise to that directive, rather than just going ahead with just single dose when the full dose should be two doses of the same.
“So we felt that it was proper for us in the circumstance to ensure that those who have been vaccinated have been fully vaccinated,” the minister said.
Although, the Director-General of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, guaranteed that the agency was investigating the reported blood clotting in some individuals that had taken the first dosage of AstraZeneca vaccine.
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