The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) of Nigeria has revealed that 2.3m Nigerians have registered for COVID-19 vaccination in less than 24 hours after it announced the launch of a portal for registration for the vaccination.
Speaking in an interview on Channels TV, Faisal Shuaib, the Executive Director of NPHCDA divulged that since the arrival of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in Nigeria, there has been a lot of excitement amongst the Nigerian population as more and more Nigerians continue to register in hopes of getting vaccinated
“I can tell you that there is a lot of excitement [about the vaccine arrival]. I know some people have their concerns and we are trying but I want to give you an example of the enthusiasm that Nigerians are showing around wanting to take these vaccines,” he said.
“Around midday on Monday when we launched the e-registration platform, in less than 24 hours, we already had up to 2.3m Nigerians who had registered. And that number continues to increase.”
He added that the first batch of vaccines is a major boost in Nigeria’s fight against the pandemic which has been contracted by over 150,000 people in the country.
“So, we take that very seriously and this is why we are going to be working very hard.
“Yes, the vaccines are here, but there is even harder work that needs to go on to make sure that we deliver the vaccines into the arms of Nigerians in a way that is respectful, in a way that is stress-free.”