Kaduna and Borno state government have confirmed the receipt of 255,510 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from the Federal Government.
Kaduna received 180,000 while Borno got 75,510 doses of the vaccine.
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Kaduna State Government said the doses received would be used on frontline health workers, those with debilitating health conditions as well as the aged.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Wednesday tweeted that, “the Commissioner of Health, Amina Mohammed-Baloni, has confirmed that the state has received 180,000 doses of the Covid vaccine for frontline health workers, essential staff and those covered in Phase 1.”
The Heute reports that the Governor had in an interview last year said the state government was also planning to secure one million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine for its residents.
In February, the Kaduna State Government signed an MoU with a medical delivery firm, Zipline, to use a drone for the shipment of the vaccines.
On the other hand, the Deputy Governor of Borno State, Hon. Umaru Khadafur, disclosed the receipt of the vaccines by the state government while answering questions from newsmen at the Maiduguri International Airport on Tuesday night.
He said the consignment was received around 8:Pm on Tuesday night.
Umaru, who is the Chairman of Response on COVID-19 Committee in the state, assured that the officials are expected to meet on Wednesday to officially roll out the distribution plan.
“We have so far received 75,510 doses of vaccines and we are going to unveil it very soon.
“When our plan is ready, we will convey it to you. You will know the next line of action.” Hon. Khadafur revealed.
An official of the health ministry in the state hinted that the state government would commence the vaccinations in line with the scheduled guidelines laid down by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).