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300,000 Covid vaccine doses from MTN arrives Nigeria

Health Osagie Ehanire Health Osagie Ehanire
Melba Vasquez | 23 March, 2021, 22:03

The government has announced that from April 1, all people above 45 will be eligible to get COVID-19 vaccines and requested them to get registered for the inoculation.

"The Prime Minister and the Secretary of State have discussed on several occasions the progress that is being made to vaccinate social care workers against Covid-19 and have agreed, in order to reach a position of much greater safety for care recipients, to put in place legislation to require vaccinations among the workforce", one line was said to read.

"Today after discussion and on the advice of the task force and scientists, it was decided that from April 1 the vaccine will open for everybody above 45 years of age". The Centre has extended the gap between the two doses of Covishield to six-to-eight weeks from 28 days.

"The advise given by scientists is that second dose can be administered between 4 and 8 weeks after the first, particularly for Covishield".

Until now, healthline workers, frontline workers, people above 60 years, and those aged 45 and above with comorbidities were eligible to take the COVID-19 vaccine shots.

The French health ministry said on Sunday 6,191,666 people had received a first COVID-19 vaccine shot since the beginning of the vaccination campaign in the country.

The COVID-19 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has recommended to the State government that senior citizens and people above the age of 45 years with co-morbidities who are in containment zones and test negative for COVID 19 should be given preference in getting the vaccination.

The survey also revealed that among those healthcare workers who remain unvaccinated, 12 per cent said they were yet to decide if they would like to receive the vaccine jab.

The Federal Government on Monday in Abuja raised alarm over reported racketeering of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines in some of the designated vaccination centres.

The doubling time decreased from 504.4 days on March 1 to 202.3 days on March 23.

Meanwhile, the Centre has revised the time window within which the second dose of Covishield vaccine can be taken.

Bhutan has recorded a total of 869 positive COVID-19 cases, of which 867 were declared recovered, one still active and one died due to the virus.

The first dose administration crossed 4 crore mark on Tuesday (4,06,31,153).

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