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Nigerian govt approves COVID-19 vaccines booster for Nigerians

A vaccine booster against the deadly virus has been approved by the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19 for eligible Nigerians.

The decision was taken in consultation with the Federal Ministry of Health and the agency, according to Dr Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) in Abuja on Friday.

Shuaib added that the decision was made to administer booster doses to those who had finished the two Moderna, Pfizer Bio-N-Tech, AstraZeneca, or one Johnson and Johnson dosages.

According to him, anyone over the age of eighteen who has had the second dose of Pfizer Bio-N-Tech, AstraZeneca, or Moderna and has waited six months or longer is eligible to receive the booster dose.

“Two months or more after having the Johnson and Johnson vaccine,” he explained.

“Consequent upon the above, eligible Nigerians are advised to visit the nearest health facility or mass vaccination sites for their booster doses as from Dec.10, 2021, across the 36 states of the federation and the FCT.”

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The NPHCDA scribe said a COVID-19 booster dose gives higher protection against the virus.

He urged all Nigerians to take advantage of the opportunity offered by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

“The list of the vaccination sites is available on the NPHCDA website. The decision reached was for the administration of booster doses for those that had completed the two doses of Moderna, Pfizer Bio-N-Tech, AstraZeneca, or one dose of Johnson and Johnson.”

According to him, the eligibility criteria for taking the booster dose can be found on the website.

“For more information, contact the NPHCDA COVID-19 call center on 07002201122 for assistance,” Shauib advised.

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