The Federal Government yesterday launched the electronic registration platform to enable eligible Nigerians get vaccinated against the deadly Covid-19 pandemic.
The T.E.A.C.H strategy, which combines indigenous (traditional) approaches with modern technologically enabled systems of vaccination, will leverage experiences gained during the polio immunisation programmes.
Recall that Nigeria is set to receive its first batch of 3.92 million doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine today, according to the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).
The Executive Director/CEO of the NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shu’aib, during the official launch of the T.E.A.C.H strategy for Covid-19 vaccination of eligible Nigerians and Electronic Management of Immunization Data, in Abuja, emphasised that the vaccination process will be in four phases; frontline health workers being the priority group of eligible populations to receive the first doses of vaccines arriving the country.
He further noted that strategic leaders like the President, Vice-President, Ministers, Governors and Religious and Traditional Leaders will be among those to receive the first doses of the vaccines, in order to show to the public that the vaccines are safe and effective as validated by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
Noting that while registering, Nigerians can choose a health facility that is closest to them to get vaccinated, Dr Shu’aib stated that individuals can assess the e-registration portal via the Agency’s website – https://nphcdaict.com.ng/publicreg.
The Country Representative of the WHO, Walter Kazadi, while applauding the political will and leadership of the current administration, stressed that vaccines alone will not win the war against Covid-19.
He, therefore, urged every Nigerian to comply with the extant non-pharmaceutical interventions of regular hand-washing, sanitizing, proper use of face masks, avoiding mass gatherings and practicing social distancing.