Gombe and Kwara States have commenced the administration of the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to their residents.
Habu Dahiru, the commissioner for health in Gombe, announced this at a news conference on Tuesday, just after Governor Inuwa Yahaya received his second dose of the vaccine.
Dahiru stated that the state has approximately 78 immunization stations located around the state.
According to him, almost 47,000 people have been vaccinated, marking a 103 percent coverage of the state.
The commissioner said: “Today, June 1, we are taking the second jab of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Gov Inuwa Yahaya was the first to take the jab, this signals the commencement of the second round of vaccination.”
He indicated that those who received the first dosage of the vaccine might go to any of the COVID-19 stations to get the second dosage on their scheduled dates.
Dahiru advised persons seeking the immunization to bring their ID cards with them to ensure accurate data documentation.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the first COVID-19 immunization jab was administered on March 17, with Governor Yahaya receiving his first injection with other key government officials.
On Tuesday, the Kwara government also began administering the second dose of COVID-19 immunization in Ilorin.
Dr Nusirat Elelu, executive secretary of the State Primary Health Care Development Agency, announced on the sidelines of the flag-off that over 50,000 people had already received vaccines in the first round of the immunization.
She noted that the state has begun administering the Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine to people who have already got the first dosage.
She said: “We have commenced administration of the Astra Zeneca vaccine for people that have received the first dose, on the upper left arm.
“This is only for those who received the first those. We are assuring those who have not received at all to be patient, as the Federal Government is making all efforts to ensure additional consignment gets into the country.”