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The Kogi State government has finally decided to start administering COVID-19 vaccines to residents after defiance over the existence and efficacy of the vaccine.
TheCable reports that Saka Haruna, the state commissioner for health disclosed that Kogi will receive the vaccines on Tuesday, then begin the vaccination process.
Recall that the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) recently disclosed that Kogi has been the only state yet to administer the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine to residents three weeks after Nigeria began its rollout.
The health agency attributed the delay to two factors: The state’s “concerns around the contradictory information about the vaccines” and the non-repair of its cold-chain store.
Announcing the latest development, Haruna said all plans to begin the vaccination process is in place.
“We have done the micro-planning and everything has been completed with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA),” the commissioner said.
“Anybody that is willing to receive the vaccine (will receive it); nobody is exempted. And nobody will be forced to receive the vaccine.”
However, Haruna further added that there is no need for the state’s COVID-19 skeptic governor, Yahaya Bello to receive the vaccines first or in a public place because there is nothing special in the virus.
“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,” he said.