The federal government through the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).has urged Nigerians to begin to register for COVID-19 vaccination through the official website of the NPHCDA.
It was earlier reported that Nigeria would receive 3.92m doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on March 2, from COVAX.
NPHCDA added that AstraZeneca vaccine is part of an 16 million doses that will be delivered to Nigeria in batches over the next months by COVAX
The government said in a tweet .“Please visit the website http://nphcda.gov.ng and click on ‘COVID-19 Vaccination e-registration’ to register for #COVID19 vaccination,”
Speaking on whether Nigerua has the capacity to store the vaccine, Faisal Shuaib, chief executive officer of NPHCDA, the country has enough cold chain system that can store all types of vaccines include that of coronavirus vaccines.
“We are fully prepared to receive and deliver the vaccine to eligible Nigerians as we have commenced the training of health workers and ensured that cold chain facilities are ready at all levels,” Shuaib said.
“We have a robust cold chain system that can store all types of COVID-19 vaccine in accordance with the required temperature. We are therefore confident that we will have a very effective roll-out of the vaccine, starting with our critical healthcare workers, who are in the frontline in providing the care we all need.”
Olorunnimbe Mamora, minister of state for health, said frontline workers would be given priority because of the battle they face against the virus.
“Secondly, the elderly; those above 60 and 65 particularly with existing health conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes and things like that,” he had said