COVID-19: FCTA vaccinates 1.6 m people

COVID-19: FCTA vaccinates 1.6 m people

By Salisu Sani-Idris, Abuja.


The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on Thursday said that no fewer than 1,671,738 eligible persons, aged 18 years and above, had received doses of COVID-19 vaccinations in the nation’s capital.


The Acting Executive Secretary, FCT Primary Healthcare Board, Dr Isah Vatsa, who disclosed this at a news conference in Abuja, said that a total of 990,445 persons had received at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.


Vatsa also said that 792,437 had been fully vaccinated, while 204, 839 had received the booster shot.


He said that although the COVID-19 protocols had been relaxed, the FCTA would sustain vaccination and other measures against the pandemic.


Vatsa said the projected target population for eligible persons for the COVID-19 vaccination in Federal Capital Territory (FCT) was 3,089, 849.


He said: “Our target is to vaccinate at least 70 per cent (2,162,895) of these eligible persons by end of December 2022.


“A total number of 246 Vaccination Teams (90 fixed post teams and 156 Mobile/Outreach Teams), supported by state and partners, are currently deployed in the FCT and are disaggregated across the six Area Councils.


“Partners like UNICEF, WHO, USAID, IHVN, Pathfinder International, Breakthrough Action of Nigeria, Vaccine Network etc. have been very supportive to the FCT for the purposes of the COVID-19 Vaccination.”


Vatsa recalled that the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out started on March 5, 2021 with a national launching at the National Hospital, Abuja, and since then, COVID-19 vaccination had been ongoing across the country with varying degree of success.


Also, the Director of Public Health Department, Dr Sadiq Abdulrahaman, who highlighted measures and responses to the health issues in the FCT from January to December 2022, said that no COVID-19 case was recorded during the period.


He attributed the successes recorded in curtailing COVID-19 and other epidemics to the political will of the government and support of critical stakeholders.

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