Bauchi State government on Wednesday received 150,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines.
This doses were allocated by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).
Receiving the vaccines at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH), Bauchi, the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Baba Tela assured residents of the state that the government would soon commence the vaccination in line with the scheduled guidelines by NPHCDA.
He said 80, 570 doses of COVID-19 vaccines would be administered to frontline health workers, government officials, traditional leaders, religious leaders and security personnel.
Tela, who doubles as Chairman of the state Task Force Committee on COVID-19 and Lassa fever, assured that the vaccine is potent.
He said, “The vaccine has been administered across the world and all those who took it are doing well.
“The World Health Organisation has approved it, therefore, we in Bauchi are ready to take it.”
He said governor Bala Mohammmed would lead other top government officials to take the vaccine after which others in the legislature and security would follow suit.
The deputy governor said that the vaccine would be distributed to the 20 Local Government Areas and 323 wards in the state where it would be administered to vulnerable people, including the aged and children.
He advised citizens to shun misinformation making the rounds about the vaccines, adding that it had been scientifically tested and certified fit for human use by the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
While speaking, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, Chairman, Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BASPHCDA) said that the vaccines arrived late Tuesday night and was taken into the cold chain to maintain its potency.
Mohammed added that the vaccines must be administered immediately in line with the direction of its usage.