The AstraZeneca vaccine has been sent to the Kogi State Government in the sum of 16,900 doses.
Dr Abubakar Yakubu, the Executive Director of the Kogi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (KSPHCDA), received the vaccine on Monday night.
Yakubu, while addressing reporters shortly after receiving the vaccines, said the most awaited COVID-19 vaccines arrived in the State from Abuja at about 7:40pm.
He also stated that the inoculation exercise would be flagged off in Lokoja on Tuesday, April 6.
“The first line of recipients of the vaccines are the health workers… The vaccine administration will be followed by the first line workers like the police, military, NSCDC, Customs officials, among others,” he said.
He disclosed that the ministry of health was ready to embark on sensitisation on the need for the vaccination, adding that the state was lagging behind compared to others.
The Executive Director noted that the state was initially expecting about 45,000 doses of the vaccine from the NPHCDA, which accounted for one per cent of the state’s total population.
“However, 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.