Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), has announced that all states in the country have received supplies of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine except Kogi.
Shuaib disclosed this on Thursday.
He said Kogi is yet to receive the vaccine due to the non-repair of their cold-chain store coupled with the state government’s contradictory information about the vaccine.
On the national roll out of the vaccine, the NPHCDA boss said:
“The vaccination application has been launched in most states’ treatment centres even against distractions and criticism of the FG’s efforts to ensure availability of vaccines in the nation.
“The roll out of the vaccines across healthcare front-line workers and other health support staff was scheduled to commence by March 15, 2021, in some States, with the intention of wider coverage after the training of the states’ health workers across board.”
Shuaib also revealed that the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has been co-opted to support the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on vaccine accountability, to ensure the safekeeping of the vaccines.
He called for tight security around the vaccines in states to avoid being vandalised by hoodlums.
Faisal also promised that Nigeria will receive the second tranche of the vaccine before the second dose intake is concluded.