Nigeria is expected to receive 176,000 doses of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines today.
Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Faisal Shuaib, confirmed this at a news conference in Abuja on Tuesday.
He said the J&J vaccine, like the AstraZeneca, was safe and efficient against the coronavirus disease, including the deadlier Delta variant.
The J&J vaccine is a single-shot vaccine.
It is expected to boost Nigeria’s COVID-19 fight with the Delta variant sparking fears of a third wave of the pandemic.
Dr. Shuaib had recently announced that the second phase of the COVID-19 vaccination programme would commence soon.
The exercise had earlier been scheduled to begin on Tuesday, but it was postponed due to “unforeseen circumstances,” according to a spokesperson in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Willie Bassey.