Tropics Nigeria gathers that the states of Kano, Lagos, Katsina and Kaduna have the largest number of health workers who will receive COVID-19 mRNA vaccines when the first batch arrives in the country in the coming weeks.
In his presentation on a map during the Friday webinar, the Director, Disease Control and Immunisation, NPHCDA, Dr Bassey Okposen, disclosed the number of health workers in each state to be prioritized for vaccination once the vaccines arrive.
In the chart, Okposen pointed out that it would offer priority to 3,557 health workers in Kano State; 3,131 health workers in Lagos; 2,361 in Katsina; 2,074 in Kaduna; 1,900 in Bauchi; 1,848 in Oyo; 1,766 in Rivers; 1,712 in Jigawa; 1,558 in Niger; 1,473 in Ogun; 1,468 in Sokoto; 1,423 in Benue; 1,416 in Borno; 1,379 in Anambra and 1,306 in Delta State.
In addition, 1.336 health staff in Zamfara; 1.267 in Imo; 1.228 in Ondo; 1.032 in Osun; 1.268 in Kebbi; 1.129 in Adamawa; 1.161 in Akwa Ibom; 1.104 in Edo; 1.030 in Kogi; 1.089 in Plateau; 1.088 in Enugu; 1.023 in Cross River; 955 in Abia; 908 in Gombe; 842 in Yobe; 830 in Taraba; 830 in Ekiti; 815 in Kwara; 747 in Ebonyi; 695 in the Federal Capital Territory and 580 in Bayelsa state.
Furthermore, Okposen clarified that the vaccine would be implemented in four stages, primarily due to availability, adding that this was focused on the World Health Organization guidelines, that priority would be given to front-line health staff, persons with critical responsibilities, such as airport immigration personnel, persons over the age of 50 and vulnerable persons with co-morbid conditions.
He noted that additional doses would also be provided to states with higher numbers of cases to resolve their cases.
He also said, “The vaccines have already undergone WHO pre-qualification and they would have NAFDAC certification before they would be given to members of the public. The health and frontline workers to be immunised would be electronically prelisted, detailing their location and names before the vaccination starts so that we know where the vaccine have gone to.”