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COVID-19: Vaccinated Nigerians to get booster shots

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The Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19 has approved the administration of vaccine booster doses for vaccinated Nigerians.

The Executive Director, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib made this known on Friday, saying the decision was reached in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health and the agency.

Shuaib explained that 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, adding that the process will commence on December 10, 2021 across all states of the federation.

According to him, the eligibility criteria for taking the booster dose include any person of eighteen years and above, time interval of six months or more after receiving the second dose of Pfizer Bio-N-Tech, AstraZeneca or Moderna.

“Time interval of two months or more after receiving the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

“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,” he said.

The NPHCDA scribe said a COVID-19 booster dose gives higher protection against the virus, urging all Nigerians to take advantage of the opportunity offered by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

He said, “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.”

Shuaib said the eligibility criteria for taking the booster dose can be found on the website: www.nphcda.gov.ng.

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