By Murtala Muhammad
Bauchi State Government has launched phase-two of Covid-19 vaccine roll out as it received one hundred thousand, two hundred and ninety six doses of Moderna from the Federal Government.
The vaccination campaign which took place at the State Emergency Operation Centre is said to be administered to the general public as against the first phase which focused on high profile citizens and health workers.
Addressing the gathering, the Chairman of the State Task Force on Covid-19 and Deputy Governor, Senator Baba Tela, who expressed concern over the hesitancy being exhibited by some people towards the vaccine assured that it is safe and efficious.
Senator Baba Tela called on people of the state to avail themselves the opportunity and get vaccinated for their safety and that of their families.
Also speaking, the Executive Chairman of the State Primary Health Care Development Agency Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed who said the Moderna like AstraZeneca vaccine would be administered as first and second doses with an interval of four weeks.
Dr. Mohammed informed people of the state that those who ealier had AstraZeneca as their first dose, are to wait until the same brand of the vaccine arrive the state.
The Zonal Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Mai Yakubu represented by the National Supervisor, NPHCDA, Dr. Bakunawa Bello commended the state for its resilience and being proactiveness towards emergencies.
“During the Phase-1first dose, I could recall within the first ten days Bauchi state was able to hit the 50% earmarked that was expected by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency” – he said.
In separate remarks, the State Technical Advisor of the USAID funded Integrated Health Program (IHP) Dr Khalid Abubakar and the National Project Manager of Global Affairs Canada’s BORN Costed Extension Project, Mohammad Nasir Musa, applauded the State government’s commitment and pledged readiness to sustain the existing working relationship with the government towards achieving healthcare delivery to people.