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Kano, four other states receive COVID-19 vaccines

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Kano, Borno, Kwara, Nasarawa and Bauchi states have taken delivery of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines from the Federal Government.

On Tuesday night, Kano received 209,520 doses of the Oxford-Astrazeneca COVID-19 vaccines.

The consignment, which arrived the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA), Kano, about 11.15p.m. on Allied Air E-Cargo 5N-TON plane, was received by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Aminu Tsanyawa, and representatives of the World Health Organisation (WHO), National Primary Health Commission, Presidential Task Force (PTF) and frontline health workers.

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Tsanyawa, who represented Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, said the state was expected to receive additional doses of the vaccines to meet the high demand and population density of the state.

BORNO received 75,510 doses of the vaccine.

Announcing the delivery at a news conference in Maiduguri on Tuesday night, the Deputy Governor, Usman Kadafur, disclosed: “We’ll immediately meet to decide when to commence the vaccination of frontline health workers and residents of Borno.”

Kadafur and other members of the state’s task force on COVID-19 were at the Maiduguri Airport on Tuesday by 9p.m. to receive the vaccines.

TOP government officials, military personnel, healthcare providers and those at various entry points will be the first to take the jab, as Kwara State Government on Tuesday night received its own consignment of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccines from the Federal Government.

The consignment arrived the Ilorin International Airport at about 8.30p.m. and was received by the state government’s delegation led by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Abubakar Ayinla.

IN Nasarawa State, Governor Abdullahi Sule, his deputy, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe; and cabinet members publicly took the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine after 61 doses landed in the state.

They received the vaccination at the Government House on Tuesday.

Addressing journalists shortly after taking the shot, Sule urged vulnerable groups, especially political appointees, to take the vaccine.

He, however, cautioned that taking the first dose of the vaccine might not confer immunity against COVID-19, stressing the need for continuous use of face masks, pending the administration of the second dose.

HOWEVER, Bauchi State Government has said that it would administer the 80,570 doses of the vaccine it received from the Federal Government between 10 to 14 days.

The Deputy Governor and Chairman of the Task Force on COVID-19, Baba Tela, said yesterday that the vaccine arrived when the virus was spreading more in about three variants.

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“The first set of the vaccine will be administered to frontline healthcare workers, followed by political, religious and traditional leaders,” he added.

MEANWHILE, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said that 143,387 health workers are to be vaccinated in Borno.

The frontline health workers are drawn from insurgency-affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states in the North East.

UNICEF’s Immunisation Officer, Mohammed Ibrahim, disclosed this yesterday in Maiduguri.

According to him, the exercise is being implemented under the first phase of the vaccination drive of UNICEF in insurgency-affected states.

“As part of Phase One, Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states are included in the vaccine launch. A total of 143,387 health workers from these states are expected to be vaccinated,” he said, disclosing that the vaccination exercise began yesterday in the six states of the region.

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