The National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHDA) says it has vaccinated 566,917 eligible Nigerians with first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, which implies that only 28.2 per cent of the total population have received their jab so far.
The agency disclosed this through its Electronic Management of Immunization Data as at 29th March, revealing that vaccination exercise is ongoing in all 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, with the exception of Kogi State.
Although the healthcare institution explained that the ED/CEO NPHCDA, Dr Faisal Shuaib had met with the Executive Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello to discuss and resolve logistics issues that bothers on storage of the vaccine and provision of security at the Cold Store in the state, which implies the readiness of the state to commence vaccination any moment from now, but information sighted by our correspondent from TheCable says Gov. Bello is still insisting that that “he won’t allow his people to be used as guinea pigs by vaccine manufacturers”.
However, the State Commissioner for Health, Saka Haruna told TheCable that Kogi will receive doses of the vaccine on Tuesday ahead of the rollout shortly after.
It was evident from the statistics released by the agency that Lagos had highest number of vaccinated persons put at 112,326, remotely followed by Ogun with 48,983, and Kaduna with 40,243.
Other states with 5-digit vaccination figures are Bauchi, 32,893, Katsina, 32,628; Kwara, 27,509; Jigawa, 23,163; Ondo, 22,929; Kano, 22,796; FCT, 18,705; Osun, 17,353; Yobe, 15,622; Edo, 15,180; Adamawa, 14,888; Nasarawa, 11,771; Ekiti, 11,597; Rivers, 11,554; Bornu, 10,451 and Imo, 10,394.
In the group of 4-digit are Plateau, 9,953; Delta, 7,177; Benue, 7,048; Gombe, 5,539; Enugu, 5,181; Akwa Ibom, 4,514; Cross River, 4,410; Anambra, 3,955; Niger, 3,546; Oyo, 3,362; Bayelsa, 2,827; Sokoto, 2,372; Zamfara, 2,361; Ebonyi, 1,744; Kebbi, 1,435; Taraba and Abia recorded 413 and 95 respectively.