By Murtala Muhammad
Bauchi State Government has received twenty two thousand doses of AstraZeneca Vaccine from the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) to be administered as second dose for those who had their first jab of the same vaccine.
The Executive Chairman of the State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed gave the figure at an Orientation on the Phase-Two of Covid-19 roll out, organised for Journalists, held at the Emergency Operation Center in Bauchi.
Dr. Mohammed who called on those who had their first jab of AstraZeneca to visit any of the designated vaccination centers for the second dose as it was reserved for them and would only last by the end of September.
He said although the Phase-Two of the Vaccine roll out was ongoing, however warned against combining two vaccines produced by different companies as first and second doses.
The Executive Chairman appreciated the media, religious and traditional leaders for educating, mobilizing and enlightening community members and families on the need to present themselves to get vaccinated.
He said the US-made Moderna Vaccine being administered currently as other vaccines was certified by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), that it is safe efficacious and effective.
The National Supervisor NPHCDA Dr. Bello Garba Bakunawa said Bauchi state had so far recorded 1,565 confirmed cases, 1,536 discharged, seven morality and tested a total of 22,320.
While giving an overview of Covid-19 Vaccination roll out, Dr. Bakunawa said during Phase-One of the Covid-19 Vaccine roll out, the state had vaccinated over 60,000 people for first dose and 32,600 people for second dose of the AstraZeneca Jab.
Also speaking, the NPHCDA Head of Communication, Muhammad Musa Abubakar called on journalists to avoid sensationalism and ensure balanced and objective reportage, especially in the dissemination of any information concerning Covid-19 Vaccine in view of myriad of misinformation being circulated on the social media.
The participants who were selected from broadcast, print and online media pledged commitment to ensure that only accurate, balanced and objective information on Covid-19 vaccines would be dished out to public.
The orientation was organised by the State Primary Health Care Development Agency in collaboration with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).