Nigeria surpasses 30 percent COVID-19 vaccination milestone, Health News, ET HealthWorld
Geneva: The Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunization (Gavihas praised Nigeria‘s recent efforts to vaccinate its population against the SARS-CoV-2 virus. “Nigeria has maintained a sustained COVID-19 Vaccination rollout in recent months to surpass the milestone of fully vaccinating 30 percent of its total population,” Gavi informed in a press statement on Monday.
The increase has come from less than 3 per cent coverage with a primary series in January 2022 to over 30 per cent in January 2023. Gavi attributed this success to the government’s and stakeholders’ dedicated efforts in rolling out relevant strategies to sustain COVID-19 vaccination. in the face of competing health priorities.
Dr Richard Mihigo, Director of COVID-19 Vaccine DeliveryCoordination, and Integration, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliancewhich leads on procurement and delivery at scale for COVAX, commented on Nigeria’s progress and said, “Nigeria has become a case study on how to roll out COVID-19 vaccines at scale and speed and, at the same time, catch up on routine immunization programmes. The country’s surveillance systems are efficient and precise, enabling monitoring of trends as well as promptly responding to counter vaccine misinformation, increasing acceptability of the vaccines.”
“To ensure continued momentum, Gavi approved in December a new round of COVID-19 vaccine delivery support (CDS) availing $27.7m, which will go to further accelerate the rollout of vaccines. Gavi is proud to support Nigeria’s efforts and congratulates it on the progress it has made to date on protecting its population,” he added.
According to the global vaccine alliance, key drivers behind the success of this year’s drive include leadership and improved coordination at the local, state, and national level, as well as innovation such as the increase of mobile vaccination sites. With more teams being supported to take the vaccines to communities rather than wait for visits to facilities, missed opportunities are being reduced.
The country has also adopted a strategy to track the performance of the vaccination teams in the various states through the daily call-in data. The performances of states are being ranked, and this is disseminated daily on social media and provides healthy competition across the states.
Nigeria has also set up COVID-19 Crisis Communication Center (CRICC) at the national and state levels to ensure targeted demand generation activities are adopted and rolled out across the country. The country has developed an integrated micro-plan featuring routine immunization alongside COVID-19 vaccinations with a bottom-up approach that takes into account individual states’ plans.
Nigeria has kept the COVID-19 vaccine on the market through campaigns and initiatives with the help of stakeholders such as Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. With COVAX, which Gavi co-leads with the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), WHO and UNICEF have supplied over 91 million COVID-19 vaccines to Nigeria (about 65 percent of all vaccines received) and over 669 million to the African continent.