Nigeria to get COVID-19 vaccine in February – Fayemi

Ekiti Governor Kayode Fayemi

Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum Kayode Fayemi has announced that Nigeria will get her first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of February.

Mr Fayemi said Nigeria is among 12 African countries that have indicated readiness to receive vaccines, according to a communique issued from the NGF virtual meeting held on Wednesday but made public on Thursday.

It reads: “The NGF Chairman, H.E. Dr. Kayode Fayemi, briefed State governors on a meeting with Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Chair of the Board of Gavi, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, on the rollout of the COVAX facility which is a global risk-sharing mechanism co-led by Gavi, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to facilitate pooled procurement and the equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines across developing countries.

“Nigeria is among 12 countries in Africa that have indicated readiness of the 92 qualified countries for the facility and will by end of February 2021 receive its first shipment of vaccines.

“The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has indicated that vaccines will be administered in four (4) phases, based on vaccine type and availability, initially for frontline health workers, then the aged (55yrs and above), persons with underlying medical conditions and other target groups.”