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COVID-19 Vaccine: Nigeria Records 8,439 Persons With Side Effects – NPHCDA

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This illustration picture taken in Paris on November 23, 2020 shows a syringe and a bottle reading “Covid-19 Vaccine” next to AstraZeneca company and University of Oxford logos. (Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP)
The Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib, has disclosed on Friday, April 16th, that a total of 8,439 people suffered from mild adverse effects following the COVID-19 vaccine according to reports across the country since the vaccine rollout was kickstarted on the 15 of March 2021. COVID-19 Vaccine, NPHCDA Director Faisal Shuaib

Dr Faisal Shuaib made the disclosure about the adverse effects of COVID-19 in Abuja at a joint press conference organised by the NPHCDA and the World Health Organisation to update Nigerians on the State of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign.
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He said five states have the highest records of the Adverse Effect Following Immunisation (AEFI) namely: Kaduna (970) Cross River (859), Yobe (541), Kebbi (511), and Lagos (448).

The NPHCDA boss however said the country had not recorded any death or case of blood clots related to the administration of the vaccine.

He said, “In Nigeria, since the vaccination programme was officially rolled out on April 15, 2021, a total of 8,439 mild Adverse Events Following Immunisation 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 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).

“There has been no death from the administration of the vaccine. We have also not diagnosed any case of blood clots related to the administration of the vaccines.

“Nevertheless, we are working with NAFDAC, NCDC, and other relevant agencies to set up a more active surveillance system built on our experience with polio surveillance.”

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