The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has revealed that up to 2.3m Nigerians have registered on its portal for scheduled COVID-19 vaccination.
NPHCDA made this disclosure on Wednesday, March 3, in response to fears that people may not want to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Although there are fears over the safety of the vaccines, the Executive Director of NPHCDA, Faisal Shuaib, says there is enthusiasm in Nigeria over Monday’s arrival of about four million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 jabs.
Shuaib gave this explanation during a guest appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.
“I can tell you that there is a lot of excitement (about the vaccine arrival). I know some people have their concerns and we are trying but I want to give you an example of the enthusiasm that Nigerians are showing around wanting to take these vaccines,” the medical practitioner said.
“Around midday on Monday when we launched the e-registration platform, in less than 24 hours, we already had up to 2.3m Nigerians who had registered. And that number continues to increase.”
However, there is still much work to be done albeit the major boost witnessed by the receipt of the vaccines, Shuaib stated.
“So, we take that very seriously and this is why we are going to be working very hard,” he added. “Yes, the vaccines are here, but there is even harder work that needs to go on to make sure that we deliver the vaccines into the arms of Nigerians in a way that is respectful, in a way that is stress-free.”
He explained that the agency has put plans in place for the rollout of the vaccine and that it is only waiting for the approval of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
“So, we are waiting on NAFDAC,” he noted. “We feel that they are going to do all of the checks that are necessary and once they give us the green light, we will be ready to roll out the vaccines.”