FG approves COVID-19 booster shots amid Omicron variant

The Federal Government has endorsed COVID-19 booster shots as the world fights to contain the new Omicron variation of the infection.

The Head of Public Relations Unit, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Mohammad Ohitoto, made this known in a statement on Friday.

Ohitoto clarified that the booster shots were for individuals who had taken the first and second doses of AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer Bio-N-Tech, or dose portion of Johnson and Johnson vaccines.

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In the interim, the Executive Director of the agency, Dr. Faisal Shuaib said that the booster doses were for individuals from 18 years or more.

As indicated by Shuaib, the booster shots can be taken at timespans months or more in the wake of getting the second dose of AstraZeneca, Moderna, or Pfizer Bio-N-Tech vaccines.

“It also requires a time interval of two months or more after receiving the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

“Eligible Nigerians are therefore advised to go to the closest health facility/mass vaccination sites nationwide for the booster doses starting from December 10.

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“COVID-19 booster dose gives greater protection against the virus, and I urge all Nigerians to take advantage of the opportunity offered by the Federal Government,” he said.

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