The government has clarified why states should place COVID-19 vaccination in Nigeria on hold after they have used half of the doses allotted to them.
On Tuesday, Olorunnimbe Mamora, Minister of State for Health, spoke to the media at a Presidential Task Force (PTF) briefing on COVID-19.
According to him, no confirmation was given on the timeframe for delivery of second batch of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
He said it was important that those who already received their first jab complete their vaccination.
“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.”
The minister reminded that two doses of the COVID-19 vaccination in Nigeria must be taken, in line with global protocols.
The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) clarified that AstraZeneca vaccine and Johnson & Johnson vaccine could not be taken by the same individual.
The NPHCDA Chief Executive Officer, Faisal Shuaib, warned Nigerians that different jabs 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.
Meanwhile, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) have warned Nigerians from using alcohol-based hand sanitizers imported from Mexico.
According to the agency, the products were labeled as containing ethanol but were discovered to contain methanol, which is poisonous and potentially fatal if ingested through the skin into the body system. Read more here.