The Federal Government and the World Health Organisation (WHO), have jointly refuted the rumor at some quarters, indicating that cases of deaths and blood clot were recorded in some parts of the country.
They said since the COVID-19 vaccination with AstraZeneca vaccine began on the 15th of March, 2021, there was no record of deaths and blood clotting across the country.
Speaking yesterday in Abuja at a press briefing on updates on the status of COVID-19 vaccination, the Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib, said a total of 8,439 mild adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) have been reported.
Also, he said 52 cases of moderate to severe incidents of AEFI have been reported, such as fever, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, dizziness, and allergic reactions.
Shuaib, further revealed that five states have the highest records of the AEFI, namely: Kaduna (970) Cross River (859), Yobe (541), Kebbi (511), and Lagos (448).
He said: “In Nigeria, since the vaccination program was officially rolled out on 15th of March 2021, a total of 8,439 mild Adverse Events Following Immunisation (AEFI) have been reported. These range from pain, swelling at the site of the inoculation, to body pains and nausea. Similarly, 52 cases of moderate to severe incidents of AEFI have been reported. These are presented as fever, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, dizziness and allergic reactions. Five states have the highest records of the AEFI namely: Kaduna (970) Cross River (859), Yobe (541), Kebbi (511), and Lagos (448).
The Country Representative of WHO, Dr. Walter Kazardi, said WHO advised that countries should continue to vaccinate with AstraZeneca vaccine which has saved millions of lives and prevented several illnesses.