Chidi Samuel| The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) on Saturday released the details of how the first batch of COVID-19 vaccine doses will be distributed across states.
At a webinar organised by NHPCDA tagged “Sensitisation Meeting with Media Gatekeepers on COVID-19 Vaccine Introduction”, executive director of the NPHCDA, Faisal Shuaib, said the country will receive 100,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine at the end of January.
Also speaking, programme manager, national emergency routine immunisation coordination centre, NPHCDA, Bassey Okposen in his presentation, said the vaccines would be administered around the last week of January or early February.
According to Okposen, states with higher percentage of confirmed cases would be given additional doses.
He said, “We have other sources of vaccine that are non-mRNA like the COVAX vaccine. The country and other stakeholders are working towards how they can get additional vaccines from the other countries like Russia and USA.”
“We want to assure all Nigerians that the vaccine is safe and effective. The vaccine will be introduced in four phases and this is due to the availability and quantity of the vaccine that will come in at any given time.
“When the vaccine arrives, in the plan, there’s going to be the prioritisation of persons to be given the vaccination so as to optimise the available resources and vaccines that will be received and this will be based on global best practices.
“In the first priority, when the limited doses first come in towards the end of this month and early February, will be the frontline health workers like immigration, airport, police, and military on essential duties, those working in the labs and other medical practitioners.
“Those states with higher number of cases will be given additional doses. We’ve mapped out the health workers in each state and locations where these vaccines will be deployed as soon as we receive them. All the states in the country have cases and we need to get the vaccine to them all if we want to achieve herd immunity.”
According to the data shared by NPHCDA, Kano, Lagos, Katsina, Kaduna, Bauchi, and Oyo will receive more doses for health workers.
The breakdown is as follows: Kano, 3,557; Lagos, 3,131; Katsina, 2,361; Kaduna, 2,074; Bauchi, 1,900; Oyo, 1,848; Rivers, 1,766; Jigawa, 1,712; Niger, 1,558; Ogun, 1,473; Sokoto, 1,468; Benue, 1,423; Borno, 1,416; Anambra, 1,379; Kebbi, 1,268; Zamfara, 1,336; Delta, 1,306; Imo, 1,267; Ondo, 1,228; Akwa Ibom, 1,161.
Others are: Adamawa, 1,129; Edo, 1,104; Plateau, 1,089; Enugu, 1,088; Osun, 1,032; Kogi, 1,030; Cross River, 1,023; Abia, 955; Gombe, 908; Yobe, 842; Ekiti, 830; Taraba, 830; Kwara, 815; Ebonyi, 747; Bayelsa, 589; FCT, 695; Nasarawa, 661.
He also stated that the federal government intends to administer the vaccine to at least 40 per cent of Nigerians in 2021, and another 30 percent in 2022.
-Nigeria confirms 1,585 new coronavirus cases
Meanwhile, For the fourth day running, Nigeria has confirmed over 1500 new cases of #COVID19 bringing the country’s caseload to 99,063.
The Nigeria Centre For Disease Control in a statement via its verified Twitter handle on Sunday said the country recorded 1,585 fresh cases.
Eight persons died of COVID-19 complications on Saturday, making it a total of 61 fatalities so far recorded in 2021, the statement noted.
According to the agency, Lagos recorded 573 new infections, followed by the FCT -182, Plateau-162, Gombe-81, Oyo-75, Rivers-68, Sokoto-58, Ondo-55, Ogun-42, Nasarawa-40, Akwa Ibom-36, and Edo-31.
Other states with new infections include, Kaduna-27, Anambra-22, Delta-19, Kano-17, Osun-17, Ebonyi-16, Katsina-14, Niger-14, Bayelsa-9, Ekiti-8, Borno-7, Jigawa-5, Abia-4, and Bauchi-3.
The health agency further noted that so far, 79,497 persons have recovered from the disease with 1,350 deaths recorded.