Kogi State bows to pressure, will begin administer COVID-19 vaccines in the state this week

The government of Kogi State has confirmed it will receive and immediately commence administering the COVID-19 vaccine this week.

Saka Haruna, the Kogi state’s Commissioner for Health, confirmed the development in an interview with TheCable on Monday.

Recall that the Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello has repeatedly doubted the existence of the novel coronavirus and went further to make a public broadcast on fast development of the coronavirus vaccine.

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) last week announced that Kogi was the only state in the country not to have received or begin administering the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine to residents three weeks after Nigeria began its vaccination rollout.

According to the NPHCDA, the state had declined to repair its cold-chain store, hence there was no reason to send vaccine there in order to avoid wastage of the few doses allocated to Nigeria.

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However, the commissioner for health said in the interview on Monday that “everything” is set for the state to start the vaccination rollout.

“We have done the microplanning and everything has been completed with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA),” Haruna told TheCable.

“Anybody that is willing to receive the vaccine (will receive it); nobody is exempted. And nobody will be forced to receive the vaccine.”

He also stated that the governor might not be among the first set to take the vaccine as seen in other states, because there is nothing special about COVID.

“The governor does not have to receive the vaccine before others will; I don’t think there is anything special about COVID that we have to bring the governor out to come and receive the vaccine,” the commissioner said.

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