Following measures to curb the Covid-19 virus, the Federal Government through the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, has reportedly made it known that most Nigerians are reluctant to take the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine due to the fear of side effects, which they experienced after taking the first dose.
“The COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria, just as elsewhere in the world, has negatively impacted all aspects of life, including childhood routine immunization. While battling to contain COVID-19 through the rollout of vaccines, we recorded a significant decline in routine immunization and other basic primary health care services’ uptake in the country.”
He disclosed, “In November 2021, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency introduced the SCALES strategy to rapidly ramp up COVID-19 vaccine coverage by expanding access to COVID-19 vaccines outside the health facility. Mass vaccination sites have been established at public places such as markets, parks, shopping malls, schools, mosques, and churches. SCALES is an acronym for service delivery, communication, accountability, logistics, electronic reporting, and supportive supervision for the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination.”
He added, “Although the SCALES strategy has proven to be quite effective in ramping up COVID-19 vaccination coverage, the proportion of fully vaccinated Nigerians is still very low, partly because we have been using the two-dose vaccines.”
He remarked, “I am glad that every Nigerian can now be guided to the nearest COVID-19 vaccination site from the comfort of their homes and from their phones.”
The Minister also maintained, “Here is a unique opportunity to leverage the SCALES strategy using COVID-19 vaccination structures and resources to improve routine immunization coverage with improved efficiency and reduced duplication of efforts by health care workers.”