The Federal Government said it has uncovered fraud in the administration of COVID-19 vaccines that had to do with people trying to get vaccination cards without being vaccinated.
It said the State Security Services (SSS), Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offence Commission (ICPC), as well as other law enforcement agencies, have been engaged to investigate and prosecute persons and their accomplices attempting to fraudulently acquire vaccination cards.
The Federal Government said it recently arrested and was prosecuting a staff of the FCT State Primary Healthcare Development Board, who was involved in the criminal act.
Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib, told journalists at a press conference in Abuja, that the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) was unhappy with the fraudulent attempts and has urged those attempting such acts to desist, henceforth.
He insisted that ongoing COVID-19 vaccination and vaccination cards were free of charge at all designated sites across the 36 states and the FCT, while the possession of vaccination cards without receiving the vaccines is criminal and punishable by law.
He encouraged Nigerians to immediately report any suspected cases of buying and selling of COVID-19 vaccination cards without receiving the vaccines to the nearest law enforcement agency or to NPHCDA.
He reiterated that the agency was closely working with NAFDAC to monitor and handle any Adverse Events Following Immunisation (AEFI).
In this second phase of the vaccination rollout, we’ve had 4,349 reports of non-serious AEFI cases and 40 reports of serious AEFI cases with the Moderna vaccines. For AstraZeneca, we have had 1,115 non-serious AEFI cases and 38 serious AEFI cases, and these cases have been successfully treated and the affected persons are doing well and going about their normal duties.
Dr. Faisal informed journalists that Nigeria has got the International Coordinating Group (ICG) approval for 3,566,628 doses of the oral Cholera vaccines, and based on the shortage of the vaccine globally, they were able to secure some doses and had strategically mapped out and identified areas for deployment in the three states with the highest number of cases as a reactive campaign.