“What this simply means is that alongside the COVID-19 vaccines, childhood vaccines will also be available at COVID-19 vaccination sites.”
The Nigerian government has announced plans to integrate routine childhood immunisation at various COVID-19 vaccination sites across the country.
The executive director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency(NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib, made this known at the National COVID-19 weekly briefing in Abuja on Tuesday.
Mr Shuaib said the integration is to ensure that preventable childhood diseases are not neglected in the face of the response against the pandemic.
He said; “In this phase of COVID-19 mass vaccination, the campaign would be integrated with childhood immunisation and other primary health care services.
“What this simply means is that alongside the COVID-19 vaccines, childhood vaccines will also be available at COVID-19 vaccination sites.
“The childhood vaccines protect against polio, whooping cough, measles, yellow fever, tetanus, tuberculosis, and other childhood preventable diseases.”
He urged parents or guardians with children aged zero to 23 months to take them along to the vaccination sites.