Kogi State Government has received 16, 900 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines from the Federal Government.
ALEDEH News reported that Kogi State is the only Nigerian State that is yet to begin vaccination.
Executive Director of Kogi State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Abubakar 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 on Monday night.
Yakubu said the most awaited COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Kogi from Abuja at about 7:40 pm and vaccination is scheduled to begin today, Tuesday.
”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.
”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,” Yakubu said
Yakubu said the State was initially expecting about 45,000 doses of the vaccines from NPHCDA, which accounted for one percent of the total population of Kogi State.
”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,” he said.