The National Primary
Health Care Develop
ment Agency has announced a distribution plan for
the COVID-19 vaccine in the
country, saying that the rate
of infection in each state was
the criterion used in the distribution.
It revealed the plan alongside the publication of the latest infection rates for the disease by the Nigeria Centre For
Disease Control on its verified
website on Saturday.
NCDC said it recorded 1,585
new infections of the deadly
coronavirus with additional
deaths in the last 24 hours.
The News Agency of Nigeria quoted the centre as saying that the country's COVID
-19 infections increased from
97,478 on January 8 to 99,063
on Saturday, indicating 1,585
new infections, and with eight
additional COVID-19 related
deaths in the last 24 hours.
Based on the rate on infection in the states, the distribution list of the COVID-19 vaccine indicated that Kano State
will receive 3,557; Lagos, 3,131;
Katsina, 2,361; Kaduna, 2,074;
Bauchi, 1,900; Oyo, 1,848; Rivers, 1,766; Jigawa, 1,712; Niger,
1,558; Ogun, 1,473; Sokoto,
1,468; Benue, 1,423; Borno,
1,416; Anambra, 1,379;
Zamfara, 1,336; Delta, 1,306;
Others are Kebbi, 1,268; Imo,
1,267; Ondo, 1,228; Akwa Ibom,
1,161.Adamawa, 1,129; Edo,
1,104; Plateau, 1,089; Enugu,
1,088; Osun, 1,032; Kogi, 1,030;
Cross River, 1,023; Abia, 955;
Gombe, 908; Yobe, 842; Ekiti,
830; Taraba, 830; Kwara, 815;
Ebonyi, 747; Bayelsa, 589;
FCT, 695; Nasarawa, 661.
The NPHCDA said that
though all of the states were
getting less than 4,000 vaccines from the first batch, the
federal government had advised that frontline workers,
like those in the health and
security sectors, be given priority, as well as the elderly.
The agency said that the
vaccine, expected to be administered in January and February, would be done in compliance with WHO standards.
The government was targeting administering the vaccine
on 40 per cent of Nigerians
during the first batch this year,
the agency said, pointing out
that 30 per cent were expected
to be done in 2022.
The agency also said the federal government was also
sourcing for vaccines from
other countries like Russia.
Meanwhile, NCDC's data
had indicated that a total of
865 patients had recovered
and were discharged from various isolation centres in the
"Our discharges today include 419 community recoveries in Lagos State, 123 community recoveries in Gombe State
and 117 community recoveries
in Plateau State managed in line
with guidelines, It said.
NCDC said that the new in fections it recorded on Saturday were reported from 25
states and the Federal Capital
Territory. saying that Lagos
State still recorded the highest figure of the day with 573
Others were FCT-182, Plateau-162, Gombe-81, Oyo-75,
Rivers-68, Sokoto-58, Ondo-55,Ogun-42, Nasarawa-40, Akwa
Ibom-36, Edo-31, Kaduna-27,
Anambra-22, Delta-19, Kano17, Osun-17, Ebonyi-16,
Katsina-14, Niger-14, Bayelsanine, Ekiti-eight, Borno-seven
Jigawa-five, Abia-four and
The NCDC also revealed
that it had conducted no fewer than 1,018,061 tests since the
first confirmed case relating to
the COVID-19 pandemic was
announced in the country,
while a multi-sectoral national
Emergency Operations Centre
activated at Level 3, had continued to coordinate national
response activities across the