Why children in Nigeria won’t be vaccinated against COVID-19 – Official

The Nigerian government has explained why children in the country will not be receiving the approved COVID-19 vaccines when it finally arrives.

The Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib, while speaking at Monday’s weekly briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, said the vaccines have not been proven to be safe for children.

“What the evidence has shown is that the vaccines have been tried in individuals above 16 years of age for the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine and above 18 years in the Oxford- AstraZeneca vaccine,” Mr Shuaib said.

“The guidance is that these are the only individuals that it is safe to try the vaccines on.”

He noted that data is being gathered on the effects of COVID-19 on children.

“However, from the data that has been shared by the NCDC, people who are most affected by COVID-19 are those that are adults or those that have co-morbidity, especially the elderly,” he said.

Nigeria is set to receive four million doses of the approved Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines as the first batch of vaccines expected in the country.

The government had said it aims to vaccinate about 109 million of its population against COVID-19 over a period of two years.

It, however, said only eligible population from 18 years and above, including pregnant women, will be vaccinated.

 

 

– Premium Times

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