Of the 36 states in Nigeria, 26 of them were as at last night waiting for the delivery of their coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine allocations from the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).
Yesterday, only 10 states that include Lagos, Kaduna, Akwa-Ibom, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Ekiti, Nasarawa, Benue and Bauchi as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) – had confirmed receipt of their allocations of the AstraZeneca vaccine with Ogun State taking delivery of its allocation on Monday.
The media also gathered that the consignment for Osun, Ondo and Ekiti States was delivered yesterday through the Akure Airport. With the beginning of distribution of the vaccine to states, nine of the governors are also billed for the vaccination today. The governors of the 36 states of the federation had resolved last week to take the vaccine, alongside their deputies today, in their respective states.
It is expected that only nine of them and their deputies will take the vaccine today. However, Cross River State Commissioner for Health, who is also the chairperson of Committee of Health Commissioners in Nigeria, Dr. Betty Edu, told the media last night that states in the South-west received their consignments yesterday while South-south and South-east states would receive theirs tomorrow.