FG probes fraud in COVID-19 vaccination

The Federal Government said it had uncovered fraud in the administration of COVID-19 vaccines that had to do with people trying to get vaccination cards without being vaccinated.

In response, it said the State Security Services (SSS), ICPC and other law enforcement agencies have been engaged to investigate and prosecute persons and their accomplices attempting to fraudulently acquire vaccination cards.

Specifically, 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. 

The 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. He insisted that 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).

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