The Federal Government of Nigeria has given a directive to states to put COVID-19 vaccination on hold once they have used half of the doses allocated to them.
This according to the Minister of State for Health, Olurunnimbe Mamora is necessary to ensure that those who already received their first dose complete their vaccination process.
The Minister stated this while addressing the media at Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing on Tuesday.
He said, “In a situation where we still cannot determine when the next batch of AstraZeneca vaccine will arrive, it is better for us to vaccinate people fully.”
Mamora noted that in line with global protocols, two doses of the vaccine must be taken.
Speaking also at the briefing, the Chief Executive Officer of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib warned that two doses of different vaccines cannot be administered to the same individual, and that has made it necessary to ensure that those who had taken the first dose of the AstraZeneca complete their vaccination.
He said giving the AstraZeneca vaccine and Johnson & Johnson vaccine to the same individual could cause serious negative effects.
“You cannot take the AstraZeneca on your left and Johnson & Johnson on the right. Both have to be doses of AstraZeneca”, Shuaib said.