TheCable reports that Kogi state has finally begun the COVID-19 vaccination at some point after receiving 16,900 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Nigeria administered the primary dose of the vaccine on March 5.
Kogi is that the last state within the country to receive the vaccine, due to the stance of the government on the infection.
Yahaya Bello, Kogi governor, had repeatedly said there’s no COVID-19 in his state.
But on Wednesday, Saka Audu, the state commissioner for health, flagged off the vaccination exercise in Lokoja, Kogi capital.
Abubakar Yakubu, executive of Kogi state primary health care development agency (NPHCDA), was the primary person to urge vaccinated, followed by Usman Zakari, chief medical director of Kogi hospital management board, and other frontline doctors.
The commissioner urged residents of the state to require the vaccine, adding that no one is going to be bereft of it or forced to receive it.
He said the stance of the governor on the vaccine and COVID-19 won’t deprive the people of the vaccine intervention.
“I want to clarify that no-one is exempted or are going to be deprived from this exercise; also nobody is going to be forced to require it,’’ Audu said.
“At an equivalent time, the governor wanted to avoid exposing his people to a replacement intervention which will be potentially harmful to the people.’’
According to the newest situation update, 964,387 persons are vaccinated in 35 states and therefore the federal capital territory (FCT).