Expectations of COVID Vaccines are high, therefore the federal Government has updated how COVID-19 vaccine would be supplied by launching a strategy called TEACH and Electronic Management of Immunisation Data (EMID) ; strategy for facilitated distribution of vaccine.
Minister of Health Dr. Osagie Ehanire said the vaccination process will be in four phases, where the frontline health workers would be the first group eligible to receive immediate doses of vaccines arriving in the country today.
Phase One of Vaccine supply
This phase will accommodate healthcare workers, security agents, first responders, petrol station workers, laboratory workers and strategic political leadership, like the President, vice president, ministers, governors, religious and traditional leaders.
Phase Two of Vaccine supply
This phase includes adults from 50 years and above and those with underlying conditions between the age of 18-49.
Phase Three of Vaccine supply
Comprises of people in local Government areas with high population of COVID-19 infection that missed phase one, two and Phase 4, also to everyone.
Thenation reported that the code name TEACH was initiated by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health(FMOH).
T; Traditional method of vaccinating target populations using desk review of available data sources, identifying the vaccination sites and rolling out.
E; Electronic self-registration for health workers and the public; a link which provides an online form will be provided.
A; Assisted electronic registration; C: Concomitant e-registration during walk in to fixed sites/health facilities.
H; House-to-House registration using volunteers for additional push to rapidly increase the e-registration.
Ehanire concluded, the launch of the strategy TEACH and EMID will ensure the smooth supply of COVID-19 vaccination campaign across the country. He said!!!
Our goal is to introduce COVID-19 vaccine in a phased and equitable manner, based on advice of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the experience we observe other countries to have made, and ultimately vaccinating all eligible Nigerians within the next two years, to ensure herd immunity.
We in Nigeria finally have the privilege of joining other countries to start the vaccination, which will prioritise, first those people most at risk of infection due to their exposure in the line of duty.
Vaccination with safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines is a critical part of the country’s strategy to counter the COVID-19 pandemic and the stop transmission of the virus.
No private hospital or organisation has experience in handling this type of vaccine than the NPHCDA