No Covid-19 Vaccines For Under-18yrs- PTF

By Chioma Iruke

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19 has revealed amongst other things that there would be no issuance of the newly acquired Covid-19 vaccine expected to arrive Nigeria today to citizens below 18 years of age.

The Task force further revealed that President Buhari would receive his vaccination on live television.

The Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, said that the Federal Government planned to cover 70 per cent of Nigerians within two years.

To ensure smooth management of the four million vaccines arriving on Tuesday, Mamora said the PTF had approved the TEACH strategy and the electronic management immunisation system.

He said that the strategy called TEACH approach harnesses all the benefits of traditional, electronic, assisted, and concomitant house-to-house registration to optimise the use of innovative technology.

Mamora said that the TEACH approach entails the traditional method of vaccinating target populations using desk review of available data sources, identifying the vaccination sites, and roll out.

Mamora warned that private organisations were not permitted to procure, distribute and administer the coronavirus vaccines as he further emphasised that only the National Primary Health Care Development Agency would import and manage vaccines until further notice.

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