Bauchi: 47,290 People Gets AstraZeneca Vaccine Against COVID-19 Infection
By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
A total number of 47,290 persons have so far been vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine against the novel COVID-19 pandemic in the first phase doses of the vaccines in Bauchi, according to the state health commissioner, Dr. Aliyu Maigoro Mohammed.
The commissioner explained that the coverage under the phase represents 84% of the targeted population of frontline health workers, government officials, traditional, religious, and community leaders across the state
He described the coverage of the first shot as very significant with the targeted audience turned out to receive the first shot, regretting however that response to the vaccination was very poor and discouraging from the Northern zone of the state particularly in Katagum LGA.
Dr. Aliyu Maigoro told the flag-off ceremony of the second phase of the vaccination held weekend, which is coming after 9 weeks of the first shot, of the need to be done to overcome the challenge from the state.
He said research has revealed that after the second dose, there is protection from being infected by the virus, assuring that everyone who took the two shots need not fear infection but should continue with the established preventive protocols.
Chairman, State Taskforce on COVID-19 and Lassa Fever, Sen Baba Tela in his overview commended people of Bauchi state for coming out for vaccination in the first round, pointing out that almost all the frontline health workers have taken the first dose.
Tela, who is the Deputy Governor of the state, assured that all those who took the first shots of the vaccine will take the second dose because according to him, the NPHCDA has reviewed the duration between the two doses.
He commended the Governor, Sen Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir for supporting the Taskforce in carrying out the vaccination, and assured that as soon as more of the vaccines are made available to the state, the public vaccination will be embarked upon.
Executive Chairman of BASPHCDA, Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed said that the actual audience vaccinated in the state is up to 97.4% saying that the state has performed tremendously in the vaccination exercise across the country.
While flagging off the administration of the second dose of AstraZeneca vaccine, Governor Bala Mohammed said that he is fascinated by the statistics of the performance of the state in the first phase coverage of the vaccination though it is a hue-cry, considering the population of the state which stands of 7m to 8m people.
The Governor appealed to the federal government to carry the states governments along in the procurement of the vaccine because according to him, the state government are more accessible to the people.
He however expressed concern with the negative attitude of the Christian community in the state for boycotting the exercise, and reminded them that without being vaccinated, they will not be allowed to perform the Holy pilgrimage to Israel.
He said that, “though the population of the Christian community is not huge in the state, they are very dear to me because they comprised the most votes that brought us to power in 2019. I am appealing to them to come over and let us discuss the way forward. I don’t want them to blame me if they were denied journey to perform religious obligations”.
The Governor added, “As the most learned and enlightened group in the state, I am surprised with the turnout of event from the Christian community. We will engage them to know what the problem is”.
He thanked traditional rulers and council of Ulama for cooperating with the government in achieving the success of the first phase of the vaccination, and called on them to come out for the second phase because, according to him, it is the second phase that will make the vaccination complete and effective.
The Governor then took the second jab of the vaccination alongside his Deputy, Sen Baba Tela as well as the First Lady and other government officials to flag-off the vaccination exercise.