covid19

Speech By Dr. Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director Of National Primary Health Care Development Agency At The Media Briefing Held On Thursday 14th October 2021 In Abuja, FCT

Protocols

1. It is once again my honor to give you this week’s update on the progress we are making in our collective effort to protect Nigerians from the scourge of COVID-19 using safe and effective vaccines.

3. As you are aware, last week, Oct 4th, 2021, we received 501,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines donated by the Government of France, through the COVAX facility. We also received 434,400 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine on the 7th of Oct 2021.

3. As you are aware, last week, Oct 4th, 2021, we received 501,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines donated by the Government of France, through the COVAX facility. We also received 434,400 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine on the 7th of Oct 2021.

We would also be expecting more supplies of vaccines in the coming days via the COVAX facility and the African Union. As we enter into the period of intensive vaccination, with more vaccines arriving the country, it is my fervent hope that more people will turn up at the vaccination sites to be vaccinated so that Nigeria can rapidly progress towards attaining herd immunity.

4. As you are aware, yesterday, the Presidential Steering Committee announced interventions to not only protect the most vulnerable people in our society but to also ensure that the workplace is safe for all citizens. Clearly, there is a loss of productivity and its impact on socio-economic development when workers are unable to come to work on a regular and consistent basis due to outbreaks of infectious diseases such as COVID-19.

4. As you are aware, yesterday, the Presidential Steering Committee announced interventions to not only protect the most vulnerable people in our society but to also ensure that the workplace is safe for all citizens. Clearly, there is a loss of productivity and its impact on socio-economic development when workers are unable to come to work on a regular and consistent basis due to outbreaks of infectious diseases such as COVID-19.

Following advice from public health experts, the PSC announced that all Federal Government employees should make a choice as to how they can contribute towards making the work environment COVID-19-free. The logical choice is between taking the vaccine and showing evidence of this or presenting proof that one is COVID-19-free, by showing a negative PCR test taken 72hours prior.

This provision is applicable to all Federal Government institutions. The decision to release this advisory was not taken lightly. It is part of the PSC and Federal Ministry of Health’s mantra to always use scientific evidence to make decisions for the benefit of all Nigerians.

5. On the question of the availability of vaccines, we have already done a compressive analysis and forecast of COVID-19 vaccines. We have enough vaccines to cover more than this population of Federal Government employees and we are expecting even much more.

Based on delivery forecasts from the COVAX facility and the African Union, Nigeria will have adequate vaccines to cover more than 50% of eligible populations by the end of the first quarter of 2022. In order words, please do not worry about the availability of vaccines. We have the supply chain figured out.

6. We are cognizant of the fact that some unscrupulous elements would want to get the card and not the jab. We are working with relevant security agencies to make examples of these individuals who may wish to buy or sell the cards by naming and shaming them. We are also enhancing the security features of our vaccination cards in order to limit forgeries.

7. In line with the NPHCDA commitment to ramp up COVID-19 vaccine uptake the agency has put in place plans for the establishment of mass vaccination sites across the country. The objective of this strategy is to vaccinate a high volume of individuals through large sites such as Federal institutions (universities, polytechnics), shopping malls, religious centers, sporting events, conference centers, and markets etc.