Bauchi receives 80,570 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, maps out action plan


The Bauchi State government on Wednesday received 80,570 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines out of the 150,000 allocated to the State by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).

The vaccines were received by the State Deputy Governor, Senator Baba Tela, at the cold store of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH).

Speaking shortly after receiving the vaccines, the Deputy Governor informed that a total of 150,000 vaccines were allocated to the state, saying that the 80,570 received was part of the total allocation to the state by the Federal Government.

Senator Tela who doubles as the chairman of the State Task Force Committee on COVID-19 and Lassa Fever, informed that priority attention would be given to frontline health workers, government officials, security, traditional and religious leaders in the administration of the first batch of the vaccines in the state.

According to him, vaccination would commence on Thursday, assuring of the potency of the vaccine, having been approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO)

“The vaccine is potent; it has been administered across the world and all those who took it are doing well. WHO has approved it. Therefore, we in Bauchi are ready to take it,” the deputy governor declared.

He informed that the state governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, would lead other top government functionaries to take the vaccine, adding that after that, others in the legislature and security would be vaccinated.

Tela further informed that subsequently, the vaccine would be taken to all the 20 local government areas and 323 wards in the state, adding that frontline health workers and other vulnerable people including the aged would be vaccinated.

The deputy governor, however, called on the people of the state not to be afraid of the vaccine but to embrace it, saying that vaccination was the surest way of avoiding the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic.  

Speaking earlier, the Executive Secretary, Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BASPHCDA), Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, informed that the vaccine arrived Bauchi late Tuesday night and was taken straight into the ATBUTH cold store as directed by the NPHCDA for its potency to be maintained.

He assured that the State Government was doing everything possible to ensure that everyone in the state is vaccinated against COVID-19.

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