Nigeria Begins registration for COVID-19 Vaccine
Nigeria has launched an online registration portal for COVID-19 vaccinations. The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) revealed this on Monday, a day before the first doses are expected to arrive for its 200 million people.
Nigeria expects 3.92 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to land on Tuesday. Nigeria will receive 16 million doses from COVAX, a facility for poor and middle-income countries co-led by Gavi, the vaccine alliance, and the World Health Organization, with UNICEF as an implementing partner.
NPHCDA said it will prioritize other “frontline workers” including the military, police, Nigerians at border posts, oil and gas workers and “strategic leaders.”
NPHCDA said that it is taking a multifaceted approach to the vaccine rollout, which would include a “traditional campaign,” and house-to-house electronic registration in addition to the online portal.
According to NPHCDA, Phase 1 of the vaccination will target Healthcare workers, Front line workers – Military, Police, Oil and Gas workers and Strategic Leaders.
Phases 2: 50 & above (60 & above, the 50-59- with priority to people with medical conditions.
Phase 3: 18-49 with medical conditions.
Phase 4: Rest of the eligible population (i.e ages 18-49 without medical conditions).