Seyi Makinde, governor of Oyo state, says the 1,848 doses of COVID-19 vaccine allocated to the state are insufficient.
Faisal Shuaib, executive director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), had said the country will receive 100,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine at the end of January.
According to the sharing formulareleased by the agency, Oyo, Kano, Lagos, Katsina, Kaduna and Bauchi will receive more doses for health workers.
Oyo has a record of 3,693 COVID-19 cases, 3,242 recoveries and 45 deaths.
But Makinde, while addressing journalists on Wednesday, said the quota allocated to the state cannot meet the need of its population.
The governor said the state government will engage manufacturers of Astra-Zeneca vaccine, “when finally certified fit for human consumption” to supply Oyo the vaccine.
According to him, the Astra-Zeneca vaccine “has been said to be more suitable for the state because of its storage instructions” compared to the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine the federal government is procuring.