The government of Nigeria plans to launch a widespread COVID-19 vaccination program later this week, with the goal of inoculating half of the country’s targeted population by the end of January, according to authorities.
The objective of Africa’s most populous nation is to vaccinate 111 million people in order to achieve herd immunity.
The effort, which will begin on Friday, will deliver 55 million doses, or more than a million every day, for a total of more than a year. At this point, just 2.9 percent of people eligible for vaccinations have been immunized across the country.
Vaccine distribution points will be established in a variety of locations, including private health facilities, universities, colleges, stadiums, motor parks, and retail malls, among others.
In a statement released by Boss Mustapha, the chairman of the presidential steering committee on COVID-19, the government said that it “had enough vaccinations in the pipeline to vaccinate almost half the target population by the end of January 2022.”
The minister also said that the government was attempting to acquire booster doses “in order to maintain a healthy level of antibodies.” He did not offer any other information.
Nigeria got over 5 million AstraZeneca injections from the COVAX global-sharing facility last month, according to Faisal Shuaib, executive director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency. This included both purchases and contributions, according to Shuaib. Nigeria has also committed to purchasing 11.99 million and 12.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer Inc/BioNTech and Moderna Inc, respectively, according to him.
According to Shuaib, the government has acquired almost 40 million doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which will be delivered in phases over the next several months.