Nigeria surpasses 30 percent Covid-19 vaccination milestone
Key drivers behind the success of this year’s drive include leadership and improved coordination at the local, state, and national level as well as innovation such as increase of mobile vaccination sites.
Nigeria has maintained a sustained Covid-19 vaccination rollout in recent months to surpass the milestone of fully vaccinating 30 percent of its total population, according to Gavi.
The increase from less than 3 percent coverage with a primary series in January 2022 to over 30 percent in January 2023 is a result of dedicated efforts by the government and stakeholders in rolling out relevant strategies to sustain Covid-19 vaccination amidst competing health priorities, said the global vaccine alliance.
Key drivers behind the success of this year’s drive include leadership and improved coordination at the local, state, and national level as well as innovation such as increase of mobile vaccination sites. With more teams being supported to take the vaccines to communities, rather than wait for visits to facilities, missed opportunities are being reduced.
The country also adopted a strategy to track the performance of the vaccination teams in the various states through the daily call-in data. Performance of states are being ranked, and this is disseminated daily on social media and provides healthy competition across the states.
COVAX, which Gavi co-leads with the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), WHO and UNICEF has supplied over 91 million COVID-19 vaccines to Nigeria (about 65% of all vaccines received) and over 669 million to the African continent.
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