Nigeria To Distribute Vaccine Based On Rate Of Infection

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency, (NPHCDA) of Nigeria has announced that its criterion for Covid-19 vaccination would be determined by the rate of infection in each state of the country.

The announcement was made via the agency’s verified website on Saturday alongside a publication of the latest infection rates for the disease by the Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC).

NCDC affirmed that the country’s COVID -19 infections increased from 97,478 on Jan.8 to 99,063 on Saturday, indicating 1,585 new infections, with eight additional COVID-19 related deaths in the last 24 hours.

The distribution list of the COVID-19 vaccine based on highest to lowest rate of infected states indicates that Kano State will receive 3,557; Lagos, 3,131; Katsina, 2,361; Kaduna, 2,074; Bauchi, 1,900; Oyo, 1,848; Rivers, 1,766; Jigawa, 1,712; Niger, 1,558; Ogun, 1,473; Sokoto, 1,468; Benue, 1,423; Borno, 1,416; Anambra, 1,379; Zamfara, 1,336; Delta, 1,306

Others were : Kebbi, 1,268; Imo, 1,267; Ondo, 1,228; Akwa Ibom, 1,161.Adamawa, 1,129; Edo, 1,104; Plateau, 1,089; Enugu, 1,088; Osun, 1,032; Kogi, 1,030; Cross River, 1,023; Abia, 955; Gombe, 908; Yobe, 842; Ekiti, 830; Taraba, 830; Kwara, 815; Ebonyi, 747; Bayelsa, 589; FCT, 695; Nasarawa, 661.

The NPHCDA added that though all the states were getting less than 4,000 vaccines from the first batch, the federal government had recommended frontline workers, like those in the health and security sectors, be given priority, as well as the elderly while also complying with WHO standards.

Patsy Nwogu

Reporting on data-driven featured stories and investigations.

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