State governments have been advised by the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency to step up mass vaccination against COVID-19 as part of moves to combat the virus.
In its latest advisory, the Agency also urged state governors to enact and enforce vaccination mandate for local and state government workers.
This call became important as the percentage for fully vaccinated Nigerians stalled at 4.2 per cent just as those that had taken their first dose remained stunted at 9.8 per cent as of Sunday, January 9, 2021.
In its daily updates, the NCDC continued to report increase in the number of fatalities reporting no fewer than 38 deaths between January 1 and January 8.
In the face of the increasing number of cases and deaths, some states have not vaccinated up to 200,000 individuals while Abia, Kogi and Niger states have not commenced administration of booster shots.
While some states had commenced the booster administration, it is understood that Akwa-Ibom, Anambra, Benue, Ebonyi, Imo, Kwara, Sokoto and Yobe had yet to administer boosters up to 100 residents.
Imo is said to have only administered ten booster shots, Ebonyi administered 52, while Akwa Ibom administered 67 among others.
But in its bid to speed up vaccination, the NPHCDA in its advisory told governors that it was part of their responsibility to enact and to enforce vaccine mandate on state and local government workers.
The NPHCDA advised governors to enact and enforce the same vaccination mandate on state and local government workers.
The advisory partly reads, “Enact and enforce vaccine mandate for all state and local government workers, direct mandatory set up of mass vaccination sites in public places including markets, parks, event centres, stadia and academic institutions.
“Approve and direct the release of state counterpart funds for advocacy, communication and social mobilization, logistics and additional teams in quarterly tranches.
“Pay weekly unscheduled visits to at least one mass vaccination site to supervise and motivate the vaccination teams, chair weekly review meetings with traditional and religious leaders to address vaccination gaps.
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