Presidential Task Force: There will be No Vaccines for States who lack Facilities

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The country is expecting the delivery of 3.92 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine today out of the 129 million doses of vaccine, as this is the first batch of the delivery, as about 70 per cent of Nigeria’s over 200 million population is targeted for vaccination between now and end of next year, there will, however, be no vaccination for people under the age of 18 years.

But according to the  Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 Management, Only states that have ready facilities and prepared will be given vaccines, Executive Director/CEO of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib, said: “Vaccine distribution to the states for the phase one vaccination process will begin.

This phase is the vaccination of all frontline health workers, their supporting staff, and strategic leaders.

He said “deployment of vaccines to the states will be based on the assessment of their level of preparedness.

Some of the parameters that will be used for the assessment includes adequate maintenance of cold chain storage facilities, adequate operation for logistics transportation to the ward and health facilities, adequate security in place during transportation and at the vaccination site, completion of training of health workers, efficient social mobilization activities in place, and adherence to protocol for vaccine deployment.

Speaking at a news conference yesterday on the preparation for the distribution of vaccine and vaccination, the PTF said President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will be publicly vaccinated to give Nigerians confidence in safety of the vaccine.

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