The Federal Government has announced a new date of Aug. 16 to begin administering the second batch of COVID-19 Moderna vaccines doses donated by the U.S.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed made the announcement on Monday.
Speaking on the programme monitored in Abuja the minister said the postponement of the vaccination exercise from Aug. 10 to Aug. 16 was “purely administrative’’.
He said the Federal Government has received 4,80,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine and will commence administering the doses on Monday, Aug. 16.
“The exercise was supposed to commence tomorrow Aug. 10, but we suspended it till Monday, and the reason is purely administrative.
The minister debunked reports in certain publications that the exercise was postponed indefinitely over concerns raised by some experts on the propriety of using Moderna vaccines.
He said, like the first batch of the AstraZeneca Vaccine which had been fully administered without hitch, the doses of Moderna vaccine donated to the country by the US were “safe and meant to save lives’
He explained that the 18 years and above were targeted because the younger ones, even in the US, were now becoming more vulnerable to COVID-19infection and attack