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The Nigeria Govt may vaccinate citizens in areas with high footfalls such as supermarkets, churches and mosques, an official says.

Health Minister Dr. Nosa Ehanire said last night that government may set up vaccination centres at markets and holy places.

The idea is to meet up with Presidential objective to vaccinate 70 per cent of the population against coronavirus.

Dr. Ehanire said the country currently stocks about 100 million vaccine doses which are being delivered to Nigeria in phases.

Dr. Ehanire also disclosed that government is seeking collaboration with the private sector to locally manufacture vaccines.

He warned those travelling during the December festival window to be mindful of the risks of Covid-19 infection.

Consequently, he advised holiday makers to remember to wear their masks, maintain social distancing and frequently use hand sanitisers.

This is important because Nigeria may have entered the fourth wave of spread with discovery of the Omicron variant.

“We had the so-called third wave already with the Delta variant.

“This is what we are looking at as the 4th wave.

“It was predicted … a month ago that there might be a 4th wave in Nigeria and perhaps the world and it is already accurately manifesting.

“We hope it doesn’t get to be that and if it becomes the 4th wave, it will not be deadly to our citizens.

Last night, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed 55 new infections nationwide.

Nigeria has therefore recorded 214,622 cases of Covid-19 infections, out of which 97 percent survived.

On the other hand, the death toll slowly inches up to 3,000 cases since the pandemic began, NCDC figures show.

Govt to vaccinate in supermarkets and religious places