By Deborah Tolu-Kolawole
The National Primary Healthcare Development Agency has said pregnant women can take COVID-19 vaccine after due consultation with their healthcare service providers.
The agency made the clarification in frequently asked questions it posted on its official Twitter handle, @nphcdaNG, and sighted by our correspondent on Sunday.
The agency tweeted, “Yes, pregnant women can get vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccine is not contraindicated in pregnancy, though it is recommended that pregnant women should take COVID-19 vaccine after due consultation with their healthcare providers.”
The agency also added that so far, a total of 15,596,708 citizens had been inoculated with the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, while a total of 6,001,393 had received their second doses as per the last vaccination details report.
The agency also listed Nasarawa, Jigawa, Ogun, the Federal Capital Territory, and Kwara as the top five performing states in terms of community vaccination.
The PUNCH reports that the Federal Government has set a target of vaccinating 50 per cent of the total eligible population by March 31, 2022. However, only a meagre 14 per cent has been fully vaccinated up to date.
The Executive Director of the NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, during a meeting at Enugu State last week, decried the attitude of Nigerians towards vaccination, which according to him, might hinder the country from achieving its March 31, 2022 deadline.