Three more states in Nigeria have received their doses of the 3.94 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines from the Federal Government.
The three states received a total sum of 329,920 doses of the vaccine.
The Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, with over 19,400 cases received 219,800 doses. While Adamawa and Cross River with over 900 and 300 cases received 59,290 and 50,840 doses respectively.
Distribution in Abuja
The Federal Capital Territory Administration, on its part, said about 219, 800 doses of the vaccine were given to the state.
The acting Secretary, FCTA Health and Human Services Secretariat, Dr Mohammed Kawu, who disclosed this, explained that several vaccinators had been trained, adding that the administration would begin the vaccination soon.
He stated, “The vaccine doses allocated to the FCT are 219, 800. The vaccine doses are in our cold store and we do not have any issue with our level of preparedness. We have trained our vaccinators.”
Distribution in Adamawa
Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa said taking COVID-19 vaccine is important but not compulsory for residents of the state adding that it was a major solution to curtail spread of the pandemic.
“We have taken it, and it is safe and we are encouraging our citizens to go ahead and take the vaccine, but it is not compulsory.
“We are only encouraging them to take because that is the only way out to keep their health and that of their families safe.
“Government has a plan and intention to vaccinate everybody and it will be in batches,” Fintiri said.
According to him, the state government has received about 59,280 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and the exercise has commenced in parts of the state.
Distribution in Cross River
The Cross River State Government has received over 50,840 doses of AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccines to start vaccination across the 18 Local Government Areas.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Edu said that the vaccines were received in a good potent state alongside other medical accessories needed for the vaccination.
She added that the administration of the vaccines to health workers will kick start immediately as they are part of the front line workers and strategic leaders including those who are able to influence others under them to take the vaccines.