On Tuesday, the Nigerian federal government calculated the total number of eligible Nigerians who have so far received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at 3,600,858.
Furthermore, the government has explained that the reason Nigerians who have been fully vaccinated still need to isolate themselves upon arrival in the UK is because the country still did not meet criteria such as the percentage of the population immunized and incidence rates of infection. by Covid-19.
Speaking during a weekly press conference on the progress of Covid-19 vaccination implementation phase 2 in Abuja, the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib, said that as a mark of diplomatic reciprocity, Nigeria also requires fully vaccinated UK citizens to isolate themselves for seven days.
He said Nigeria, along with countries like France and the Netherlands, were listed as amber countries by the UK government based on criteria such as the number of immunized population and incidence rates of COVID-19 infection.
“We have been inundated with questions as to why the UK insists that Nigerians who have been fully vaccinated must still isolate themselves upon arrival in the UK.
“The reason is quite simple. We in Nigeria also require fully vaccinated UK citizens to isolate themselves for seven days despite being fully vaccinated.
“In diplomatic circles, this is often referred to as the principle of reciprocity. Nigeria, along with countries such as France and the Netherlands, is listed as amber countries by the UK government based on criteria such as the number of immunized populations and incidence rates of Covid-19 infection. “The UK government requires people from countries listed as amber countries to undergo a COVID-19 test upon arrival and quarantine for a few days,” he said.
Shuaib further said that regardless of vaccine type or vaccination status, if a Nigerian with a Nigerian passport travels to a country on their green list and spends 14 days there before going to the UK, they will not be quarantined in the UK.
“Similarly, if a German or Australian who currently belongs to their green list country travels to a country like France, Ghana or Italy that is on their amber list like Nigeria, and that person spends 14 days or more in these countries Before leaving for the UK, such an individual would be required to undergo a Covid-19 test and quarantined, regardless of their vaccination status.
“Like Nigeria, each country has its own Covid-19 travel rules, protocols, and guidelines for travelers coming from other countries. So this should be a motivation for all eligible Nigerians to get vaccinated so that we can increase our population coverage and get back to normal, ”she said.
While he gave an update on the progress made so far on phase 2 of the Covid-19 vaccination with Moderna and AstraZeneca, he said that the exercise has already fully started in all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.
He said: “As of September 6, 2021, a total of 3,600,858 eligible Nigerians have so far received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. It is made up of 2,551,738 people vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine and 1,049,120 people vaccinated with the Moderna vaccine.
“Therefore, 1,576,011 people have been fully vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine. We have now restarted the administration of AstraZeneca as the first dose in all designated health facilities. “The decision to reopen AstraZeneca for the administration of the first dose depends on the fact that we received 1,394,480 additional doses of vaccine through the COVAX facility,” he said.
Shuaib also spoke about the vaccine supply, saying that Nigeria received 1,123,200 doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine last Saturday, through the AVATT platform, coordinated by the African Union Commission, as part of the 39,800,000 doses. acquired by the federal government of Nigeria.