First batch of COVID-19 vaccine to be distributed in Nigeria
The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has released details on how the first batch of doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed in the states.
This was revealed during a webinar hosted by NHPCDA titled Media Briefing on COVID-19 Vaccine Implementation.
Faisal Shuaib, executive director of NPHCDA, said the country will receive 100,000 doses of Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine at the end of January.
Bassey Okposen, program manager at the National Center for the Coordination of Routine Immunization in Emergencies, NPHCDA, said during his webinar Friday that the vaccines will be introduced around the last week of January or early January. February.
States with a higher percentage of confirmed cases will receive additional doses, Okposen said.
He also noted that priority will be given to frontline healthcare workers, while other batches will be made available to elderly and vulnerable people with underlying medical conditions, in line with World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations.
“We have other sources of vaccines that are not mRNA like the COVAX vaccine. The country and other stakeholders are working to get more vaccines from other countries like Russia and the United States, Okposen said.
“We want to reassure all Nigerians that the vaccine is safe and effective. The vaccine will be administered in four stages, and this will be related to the availability and quantity of the vaccine that will be delivered at any given time.
“When the vaccine arrives, the plan will prioritize the people to be vaccinated to optimize the resources available and the vaccines to be received, based on global best practices.
“First and foremost, when the limited doses first arrive by the end of this month – early February, there will be frontline health workers such as the immigration service, airport, police and military, with primary tasks, laboratory workers and other doctors. …
“States with a large number of cases will receive additional doses. We’ve mapped health care providers in every state and location where these vaccines will be distributed as soon as we receive them. There are cases in all states of the country, and we must provide them with the vaccine if we want to get herd immunity. “
Kano, Lagos, Katsina, Kaduna, Bauchi and Oyo will receive more doses for healthcare workers, according to data provided by NPHCDA.
The distribution is as follows: Kano, 3557; Lagos, 3131; Katsina, 2361; Kaduna, 2074; Bauchi, 1900; Oyo, 1848; Rivers, 1766; Jigawa, 1712; Niger – 1558; Ogun, 1473; Sokoto, 1468; Benue, 1423 people; Borno, 1416; Anambra, 1379; Kebbie, 1361; Zamfara, 1336; Rivers, 1306; Imo, 1267; Ondo, 1228; Akwa Ibom, 1.161.
Others: Adamava, 1129; Edo, 1104; Plateau, 1089; Enugu, 1088; Osun, 1032; Kogi, 1030; Cross River, 1023; Abia, 955; Gombe, 908; Yobe, p. 842; Ekiti, 830; Taraba, 830; Kwara, 815; Ebonyi, 747; Bayelsa, 589; FCT, 695; Nasarava, 661.
He also said the federal government intends to vaccinate at least 40 percent of Nigerians in 2021 and another 30 percent in 2022.
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Also speaking, Kubura Daradara, director of logistics and health products for the NHPCDA, said the federal government will not release the vaccine in the states until facilities such as the cold chain are in place.
Daradara said the vaccine must be administered within five days of receipt for it to remain effective, and only claims to be committed to receiving doses when available.
He added that 100,000 doses will be given to 50,000 people because each person must take the second dose 21 days after the first.