The Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19 has authorized a booster vaccine against the dreaded virus for eligible Nigerians.
The executive director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib, told NAN in Abuja on Friday that the decision was made in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health and the agency.
Shuaib explained that the decision made was to administer booster doses for those who had completed either two doses of Moderna, Pfizer Bio-N-Tech, AstraZeneca, or one dose of Johnson and Johnson.
According to him, the eligibility criteria for taking the booster dose include anyone eighteen years of age or older, time interval of six months or more after receiving the second dose of Pfizer Bio-N-Tech, AstraZeneca or Moderna.
He said: “Time interval of two months or more after getting the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
“As a consequence of the above, eligible Nigerians are recommended to visit the nearest health center or mass vaccination sites to receive their booster doses as of December 10, 2021, in the 36 states of the federation and the FCT “.
The NPHCDA scribe said that a booster dose of COVID-19 provides greater protection against the virus.
He urged all Nigerians to seize the opportunity offered by the Nigerian Federal Government.
“The list of vaccination sites is available on the NPHCDA website. The decision that was made was the administration of booster doses for those who had completed the two doses of Moderna, Pfizer Bio-N-Tech, AstraZeneca or one dose of Johnson and Johnson ”.
According to him, the eligibility criteria for taking the booster dose can be found on the website.
“For more information, please contact the NPHCDA COVID-19 call center at 07002201122 for assistance,” advised Shauib.