No state will be allowed to procure COVID-19 vaccines by itself – FG


The federal government said it would abort any plan by states to get COVID-19 vaccines by themselves.

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, Executive Director, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, declared this in an interview he granted NTA.

The NPHCDA formulated the template for states to vaccinate residents with the 3.9 million first batch of the AstraZeneca vaccine delivered to the country on March 2 by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Shuaib said any attempt by states to procure the COVID-19 vaccines outside the arrangement made by the federal government would not get the imprimatur of the latter.

“No state will also be allowed to procure vaccines on their own. This is a policy of the Federal Government,” he stated.

His statement was on the back of report that Lagos jettisoned the vaccination process NPHCDA directed all states to follow.

The state has been alleged of creating its own platform through which it is inviting people, thereby vaccinating those not yet qualified based on the phased inoculation arrangement.

“If it turns out after our investigation that Lagos State has a different platform and they are using it for this process, then they stand the risk of actually being barred from getting further vaccines. These vaccines are being provided by COVAX, and have been donated by different organisations and they are very clear about accountability for the vaccines.

“If Lagos State is using a different platform, then we cannot account for those vaccines the way they are supposed to be accounted for. And if we cannot account for the vaccines, the donors will be very clear that we cannot send vaccines to those states,” he said.


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