A UNICEF official has said a total of 143,387 health workers in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states affected by the ongoing insurgency in the region will receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the first phase of the vaccination drive.
UNICEF Immunisation Officer, Maiduguri office, Mohammad Ibrahim, said health workers in the three north eastern states were prioritised, being the most at risk following their interaction with infected persons.
Borno has the highest number of health workers, with 55,255, while Yobe has 33,997 therefore health personnel are scheduled to be vaccinated in the first phase this week.
He said the phase 2 vaccination targets the vaccination of the remaining health workers and those aged 50 years and above, while Phase 3 targets those with co-morbidities but less than 50 years.
Ibrahim explained that Phase 4 would target the population of people at risk with a high burden of disease.
He said Unicef worked with the Borno State Government to facilitate the training of health workers.
News men gathered that the Purpose of the training is to improve the capacity of the resource persons in community engagement and demand creations, vaccine manage.