The National Agency for the Development of Primary Health Care (NPHCDA) said it plans to vaccinate approximately 109 million Nigerians who will be eligible for Vaccination against COVID-19 for 2 years.
NPHCDA Executive Director, dr. Faisal Shuaib, announced it at the Presidential Working Group (PTF) at a briefing on COVID-19 on Monday in Abuja.
“We still expect about 57 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from COVAX Facility and AU. By cooperating with states, the Federal Government plans to vaccinate all eligible populations aged 18 and over, including pregnant women.
“However, the decision to vaccinate any pregnant woman will be made in agreement with her doctor. The question of whether there is a risk of infecting Covid-19 or not will be considered.
“It will probably be exposed to great risk, for example, if the health worker is in the first place, support staff or the first person to react in different spheres of the security architecture of our country.
“These guidelines are based on the Strategic Advisory Group of Immunization Experts (SAGE). “After excluding those under the age of 18, we plan to vaccinate approximately 109 million Nigerians who will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination in two years,” he said.
Shuaib said the federal government had additionally committed 1,500,000 and 100,000 doses of AstraZeneca from MTN and the Indian government, respectively.
“These eligible populations have been identified using the World Health Organization (WHO), vaccine allocation frameworks and roadmaps for prioritization, as well as disease burden data from the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC).
“They are: health workers in the first place, support staff; including those working in high-risk areas such as incoming workers, rapid response teams, contact search teams, COVID-19 vaccination teams, and strategic leadership.
“People aged 50 and over and “People aged 18 to 49, with significant simultaneous morbidities and additional risk groups,” he noted.
Head of NPHCDA added that, in order to facilitate the implementation process, the Technical Working Group (TWG), has developed a strategy for pre-registration and distribution of the target population to avoid overcrowding at vaccination sites.
“We have devised a strategy called the TEACH approach, which will take full advantage of traditional, electronic, assisted and simultaneous house-to-house registration to optimize the use of innovative technology.
“The CONTINUE the approach included:
• T: Traditional method of vaccination of the target population using desk reviews of available data sources, identification of vaccination sites and introduction
• E: Electronic self-registration for health professionals and the public; an internet form link will be provided
• A: Assisted electronic registration
• C: Simultaneous e-registration during entry to fixed locations / health facilities
• H: Register from house to house using volunteers for extra effort to quickly increase e-registration
“A URL link will be set up for the electronic registration tool, which will be launched this week for healthcare professionals, to register and appropriately schedule vaccinations against COVID-19,” he said.
According to him, with over 60,000 health workers providing routine immunization services nationwide, we recognize that the introduction of COVID-19 certainly requires capacity building for this health workforce, but in addition, we would hire additional staff to achieve a level of coverage that we want, and we also provide best practices in vaccine handling and management.
He noted that, accordingly, the federal government, through the NPHCDA, had developed a training manual for the introduction of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Shuaib said it was a manual presented comprehensively schemes and measures for identification and development of microplans for the target population; developing an effective, efficient and impartial vaccination strategy, while ensuring the safety, management and accountability of vaccines.
“The plan is to train health workers, supervisors and monitors at all levels in the coming period two weeks, ”he added.
Shuaib also said it was part of the agency Risk Communication and Demand Generation Strategies, organized a two-day training for over 1,500 LGA health educators and National Orientation Agency (COMO) Community Orientation Officers.
This allowed them to conduct community surveys, monitor rumors and provide accurate information about the COVIC-19 vaccine to community members, he added.
“We also continued with sensitization meetings with a wide range of stakeholders, including the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN), Soroptimist International, the Nigerian Group and the Nigerian Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ).
“Everyone has shown an extraordinary will to advocate for the acceptance of the COVID-19 vaccine,” he said.
He reiterated that Nigerians should be sure that the federal government through PTF on COVID-19 did everything to mitigate the complications of COVID-19 on health systems and the economy.
“Therefore, it is important that we all play our role together and adhere to all measures taken to defeat this virus.
“For our part, we will continue to provide you with factual information about the COVID-19 vaccine and the vaccination process as things develop. “As soon as we get information about the availability of vaccines, you will get the same information,” he said. (NAN)
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