The federal government has commenced the distributing the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines to various states across the country.
This was disclosed by the Executive Director of National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib, at the weekly briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
According to Shuaib, adequate provisions have been made to deploy the vaccines to all states and vaccination sites where people would be inoculated based to set priorities, beginning with the health workers and other support staff.
He added that the federal government is designating Vaccine Accountability Officers (VAOs) in the states and local government areas to closely monitor the management and utilisation of the vaccine as well as ensure retrievals of vaccine vials for proper disposal.
He explained that the delivery of the vaccines to the states is predicated on satisfactorily meeting the conditions to keep them safe and potent.
“It is expected that states will roll out vaccination only when local government areas have met the minimum criteria for successful conduct of the campaigns. Parameters such as – training, cold chain status, preposition of data tools, availability of transport/logistics for healthcare workers, adequate security for vaccines, etc should be the yardsticks for going ahead with implementation,” he said.
Shuaib said state launch of the COVID-19 vaccination for health workers is slated for March 9 at the state treatment centres, barring any prevailing local conditions.