By Abba Gwale

Kogi State Government has on Monday night received delivery of about 16, 900 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine with the vaccination scheduled to commence in the state today.

Speaking to newsmen shortly after taking delivery of the vaccines, Executive Director of Kogi State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Abubakar Yakubu said that the most awaited COVID-19 vaccines arrived Kogi from Abuja at about 7:40 pm, adding that the state was well prepared for it.

Dr. Yakubu led a team of officials of the agency and Kogi Ministry of Health to receive the vaccines at the National Programme on Immunisation Unit of the State Central Medical Store, Lokoja.

He said ”We have about 16,900 doses of the vaccine, and by tomorrow Tuesday we hope to flag off the campaign in the Ministry of Health,”

He added that ”The first-line of recipients of the vaccines are the health workers which will be demonstrated on Tuesday by 12 noon at the ministry.

”The vaccine administration will be followed by the frontline essential non-health workers like the police, military, NSCDC, Custom men among others,”

Dr. Yakubu further said the Ministry would try its possible best to carry out the campaign as efficient as it could because the state was a bit behind scheduled compared to other states, which had almost completed their 10 days mandatory campaign for the administration of the vaccines.

He however revealed that the Kogi state was initially expecting about 45, 000 doses of the vaccines from NPHCDA, which accounted for one per cent of the total population of Kogi State.

He said ”But to our surprise, we are being supplied with 16,900 doses now, I think there will be further reconciliation to send the balance of the doses as soon as possible”.


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