Mustapha who stated this on Monday at the briefing in Abuja said that no one could yet heave a sigh of relief despite the availability of COVID-19 vaccines.
Meanwhile, Italy, France, and Germany are some of the countries currently experiencing the third wave of the virus, with Italy scheduled for fresh lockdown, whereby people will only be allowed to leave their homes for essential errands. Most shops will be closed, along with bars and restaurants.
Speaking at the briefing, he said “For the avoidance of doubt, the virus is very potent and people still get infected. It is also a fact that the vaccination process has only just begun. It has been reported that some countries are recording a third wave of cases.
“The PTF will like to caution Nigerians on home-based care as there may not be enough facilities and personnel to manage patients in times of emergencies,” Mustapha stated.
Meanwhile, Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Faisal Shuaib, said that, so far, there has been no official report of serious adverse effects associated with the AstraZeneca Vaccine among those that had received the vaccine.
“Mild side effects such as swelling on the site of the vaccination is expected, as this is normal,” Shuaib explained.