COVID-19: Nigeria vaccinates additional 18,917 people

An additional 18,917 persons received their first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines on Wednesday, taking the total number of vaccinated people in the country to 1,133,325.

This is according to an update by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).

“As of today, April 21, 1, 133, 325 eligible Nigerians have so far been vaccinated with first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine,” the agency tweeted.

According to the update, Lagos, the epicentre of the disease in Nigeria, tops the chart with 218,174 persons already vaccinated.

This is followed by Kano with 59,040 persons vaccinated, Kaduna – 58, 026, Ogun – 53,314 and the FCT with 52,348 vaccinated persons

Having received 3.94 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines in early March, Nigeria commenced vaccination beginning with healthcare workers.

The country received another 300,000 doses of the Astrazeneca vaccine from telecom giant MTN and additional 100,000 doses of Covishield COVID-19 vaccines from the Indian government.

The Covishield is a brand of the Astrazeneca vaccine.

The current phase of vaccination covers health workers and other frontline workers although Nigerians from other groups are also getting vaccinated.

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