The Federal Government of Nigeria, through the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), has launched T-E-A-C-H strategy and the Electronic Management of Immunization Data (EMID) system to facilitate the effective, efficient and equitable vaccination of all eligible citizens against the dreaded COVID-19 virus across the country.

Speaking at the launch of the strategy, Executive Director, NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, said the strategy, T-E-A-C-H is an acronym which translates as Traditional vaccination campaign, comprehensive desk review, Micro plan approach to identify resources needed to vaccinate 50-70% of the total population using trained workforce and designated vaccination sites.

E stands for Electronic self-registration of healthcare workers and other frontline workers using URL shared through health worker platforms. A stands for Assisted electronic registration of health care workers who are unable to self-register due to lack of Android devices, poor network. LIOs and/or other LGA/Ward personnel assist registration processes for health workers.

He went further to say, C stands for Concomitant vaccination going alongside e-registration of the general population, especially when the HCWs self-registration has stopped, and H is for House-to-house teams deployed specifically to areas where there is insufficient enrollment or registration of eligible population with low coverage as an added push to register eligible beneficiaries towards the target coverage to protect the entire population.

The Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, while performing the launch, urged all eligible Nigerians to take advantage of the exercise when it is their turn.

He said, “I urge all eligible Nigerians to take advantage of the COVID-19 vaccination exercise when it is their turn. This is the only way we can achieve our target of herd immunity to stop community transmission of the virus.”

Dr. Ehanire further said that the government has planned to introduce the vaccines in a phased and equitable manner, adding that no single eligible individual will be left out, just as Nigeria will continually receive doses of the vaccines in due course.

He also said the NPHCDA had prioritized frontline health workers to take the vaccine first because they are at high risk of infection as caregivers and based on the World Health Organization (WHO).

Dr. Enahire also explained that the strategy is a brainchild of the NPHCDA. As the vaccination implementing arm of the Federal Ministry of Health, the agency has left no stone unturned to achieve its mandate for the common good of the people of Nigeria.

While lamenting the destruction caused by the pandemic on Nigerians’ economy and health, Dr. Enahire called on partners and other stakeholders to believe in the efforts the government of Nigeria has put forth so far in combating the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

He said: “I, therefore, urge all stakeholders, partners, sub-national governments, corporate organizations to have faith for once in the plan that the government is developing and to align with the initiative.”