Nigeria fails to meet Covid-19 vaccine target

Nigeria fails to meet Covid-19 vaccine target
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Two years after implementation, only 13.8% of Nigerians have been vaccinated.

Since joining the global campaign for vaccination against Covid-19 on the March 2nd, 2021, data from the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) clearly shows that Nigeria has simultaneously failed in actualizing the World Health Organization’s (WHO) vaccination goals. This continues to be a lingering problem, as the federal government recently expressed concerns as regards the country’s low rate of vaccinated people. In close to two years since the implementation of vaccination against the Corona virus pandemic, the federal government reports that only approximately 27 million eligible Nigerians have undergone the full process of Covid-19 vaccination.

In context, Nigeria has recorded only a 13.8 percent vaccination rate out of over 215 million people. The Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib, made this known during the official commencement of SCALES 3.0, an optimized strategy launched by the federal government to help in addressing the Covid-19 vaccination gap. He disclosed that as of August 8th, the country’s vaccination gap had immensely progressed from last year’s 17 million to 40 million for the first dose.

Achieving a poignant immunity against the Covid-19 pandemic.

He however noted that only 27 million eligible persons have undergone the full vaccination doses, taking the proportion of eligible population of vaccinated people to be 13.8 percent. Working in accordance with the recommendation of the World Health Organization (WHO) towards achieving a poignant immunity against the Covid-19 pandemic, Nigeria was set on an ambition of fully vaccinating over 40 percent of its population of over 215 million people before the end of 2021 and 70 percent by the end of 2022.

Whilst commenting on the plan designated to accomplish the goal ahead of the vaccination roll out in 2021, Mr. Faisal Shuaib stated that to vaccinate 70 percent of the country’s population would equate to over 150 million of Nigeria’s over 215 million population, noting that the government had scheduled about 40 percent of the population to be vaccinated by the end of 2021 and another 30 percent covered by the end of 2022. Nigeria and a host of other African countries have fallen short of the 70 percent vaccination goal, with only Seychelles and Mauritius fully vaccinating 70 percent of their population.

SCALE 2.0 strategy, responsible for the increase in the vaccination rate.

Though the country has recorded an increase in the vaccination rate as a result of the optimized SCALES 2.0 strategy that was launched in February to increase the level of integration process of the Covid-19 vaccination and primary healthcare services, the recent strategic review illustrates that there has been a low Covid-19 risk perception that must be swiftly resolved. Mr. Faisal also noted that the states’ performance analysis illustrates that there are state specified constructions that must be addressed in order the hasten up this vaccination process. Thus, this is why the Presidential Steering Committee on Covid-19 and the Federal Ministry of Health, through the NPHCDA have implemented the idea for SCALE 3.0.

He further stated that the idea for SCALE 3.0 was an evidence-based update, aimed at fixing the discrepancies of the SCALE 2.0, using the human-center demand generation design to curb the low Covid-19 risk perception throughout the country. This strategy also helps with integrating the Covid-19 vaccination with other public health services. The SCALE 3.0 will also address operational issues with fixed and temporarily fixed posts, the mass vaccination sites observed in SCALE 2.0, as well as supporting the logistics and payment of the vaccination teams as they achieve their targets.

Continuous review of strategies necessary for ensuring access to vaccines.

The Secretary of the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, however noted that the country have experienced changes in the elements that impacts the demands and uptakes of these Covid-19 vaccines. According to him, these were changes in variations per state and thus requires a continuous review of the strategies for ensuring the access to vaccines and accountability. Though, there has been a decline in the Covid-19 related deaths due to the access to vaccines, Mr. Mustapha agreed that the current record of fully vaccinated persons needed immense improvement.


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Ask Nigeria
1 month ago

Nigeria fails to meet Covid-19 vaccine targetTwo years after implementation, only 25% of Nigerians have been vaccinated.Express your point of view.

Tonerol10
Member
1 month ago

during this covid-19 Government failed the people. A lot of palliative From different companies to Government to assist the needs but government never did, instead the keep the palliative for theirselves. No single support from the government. Now government expect people to meet up with with the covid-19 vaccine. Mission impossible

SarahDiv
Member
1 month ago

Many Nigerians are afraid of the Covid-19 vaccination because of the conspiracy theory that surround. Government need to do a convincing awareness.

Bola12
Member
1 month ago

Hmm our population is very large so that 70 percent target will be a little bit difficult but it’s achievable if the government are really serious about it.

Adeolastan
Member
1 month ago

Alot still need to be done to ensure the vaccination process is well done e.g enlightenment and advocacy program need to be push more.

DimOla
Member
1 month ago

Government need to make the vaccine readily available to the masses if it is possible in every street or it should be done from street just like polio vaccination. In this way they will be able to actualized more than 90% Covid-19 vaccinated Nigerian. Federal Government need to create awareness about it and debunk the conspiracy theory that is widespread around it.

Adesanyaj72
Member
1 month ago

There need to be serious sensitization on this covid issue in the country and serious awareness programmes needs to be embarked on because many people are ignorant on how deadly corona can be

Last edited 1 month ago by Adesanyaj72
Taiwoo
Member
1 month ago

In order to ensure their safety, those who haven’t received a vaccination should abandon the false belief that COVID19 doesn’t exist, because it does.

Hassan Isa
Member
1 month ago

All these low vaccination cases is always happening in Africa and why do you think that’s happening? I’ll tell you, it’s because we lack organization in almost everything.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Member
1 month ago

If the government set of vaccination checks ad point of entry to important institution like banks, airports etc I’m sure people will jump on the vaccine.

Remi1
Member
1 month ago

I believe the way the disseminating of the COVID-19 vaccine will improve is if the health workers go from street to street to give people the vaccine.

Tolaniiii
Member
1 month ago

The Nigeria government are not doing their best when it comes to creating awareness about the vaccines. They need to convince people of how necessary it is and assure them that it is 100% safe.

Christiana
Member
1 month ago

I wouldn’t blame those that are not willing to get vaccinated because 30% of those that get vaccinated usually complain of side effects. And I believe no one will be willing to get involved with something dangerous .

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Member
1 month ago

Our health care sector is very poor in this country, they can not properly distribute vaccines to the people. They need to work on themselves.

Kazeem1
Member
1 month ago

There is a significant amount of room for improvement in the present statistics about the number of people who have received all of their vaccinations; the government should place their primary focus on this matter.

Chibuzor
Member
1 month ago

People are being very ignorant regarding this COVID-19 vaccine that’s why they have not taken it. They need to be made to understand what is at stake by not taking the vaccine

theApr
Member
1 month ago

Most Nigerians are just being delusional. Even as at the heat of the pandemic, most people didn’t really take it seriously. So I’m not surprised of they are not willing to be vaccinated.

Iyanu12345ogg
Member
1 month ago

I’m not surprised our people are not willing to take the vaccines and I’m not going to blame them. At times the body of persons who had taken this vaccines react, that tells too. As a result, i think the fear of how powerful these vaccines can be…discourage people to get vaccinated.

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Haykaylyon26
Member
1 month ago

We all know this virus is real people need to get vaccinated so this virus can be eradicate completely government need to make sure people vaccinated and make it easily for them to get it vaccine

Ultra0711
Member
1 month ago

People who haven’t had a vaccination should discard the delusional idea that COVID19 doesn’t exist and make an effort to get it for their own safety. If more people turn out in this campaign, this country will be secured from the COVID19 virus due largely to the government’s proactive approach.

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Abusi
Member
1 month ago

Seeing that only few out of the population of Nigeria got vaccinated, it shows that it’s only by God’s help Coronavirus didn’t ravage our land. Although, it’s important for the government to become very proactive to future health issued. Another epidemic or virus outbreak can happen in the future. We should be able to get enough vaccines to deal with the disease

jdpumping
Member
1 month ago

That possible because till date most Nigerians are not willing to take the vccination injection except they are in fire need of it’s probably travelling overseas or something mandatory and they need to take it,so it’s not really the health workers problem.but choice of individual.