Lagos, 12 March, 2021 – This day, Lagos Bid joins other States across Nigeria to Flag-off COVID19 vaccination; prioritizing frontline health workers in the fundamental half of the enlighten with 507,00 doses received from the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Speaking on the venue of the Flag-off ceremony, the Govt Governor of Lagos Bid, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who also received the Astrazenca vaccine instructed Nigerians to ignore rumours and misinformation making the rounds regarding the vaccine as he places it, “The Federal and Lagos Bid Governments absorb performed due diligence to keep the vaccines efficacy and safety.’
The Governor however mentioned that vaccination is rarely any longer the cease of the pandemic and all electorate must proceed to stick to non-pharmaceutical interventions reminiscent of hand hygiene, employ of face cloak and declaring bodily distancing if the pandemic is to be managed.
Rob that on 02 March 2021 Nigeria received 3.92 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, by the COVAX Facility, a partnership between CEPI, Gavi, UNICEF and WHO. The appearance marked a historic step in direction of the intention of making certain equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines globally, in what’s going to be the splendid vaccine procurement and offer operation in historical past. This offer is the fundamental wave of arrivals in Nigeria and more are anticipated in-nation in the arriving weeks. Nigeria on its half, has distributed the vaccines to all 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory to kick-initiating the vaccination enlighten.
Earlier in a Press briefing to herald the vaccination enlighten, Professor Akin Abayomi, who later received the fundamental jab of COVID-19 vaccine in Lagos Bid also used the opportunity of the Press briefing to take care of concerns across the AstraZeneca vaccine, already being administered to hundreds of Nigerian health workers, noting that, “ the vaccine’s benefits proceed to outweigh its dangers, and the verbal replace from WHO and related authorities agencies presents us self belief to proceed with vaccination to prevent a third wave of the pandemic.”
At the moment, Lagos is the epicenter of covid-19 pandemic having recorded 56,804 distinct cases, with 55695 discharged, while 422 of us unfortunately absorb died. This predominant half of COVID-19 vaccination targets frontline health workers, laboratory workers, covid-19 Like a flash Response Team, the Police, and strategic leaders, amongst others.
The WHO Country Consultant in Nigeria, Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo who witnessed the commence mentioned, “I congratulate Lagos for the landmark Flag-off of the COVID19. The WHO appears to be like ahead to Lagos, the epicenter of the pandemic in Nigeria efficiently rolling out the vaccine and as usual leading by example. WHO has counseled the vaccine as safe and efficient for Emergency employ.”
Other companions on the vaccination flag-off integrated UNICEF, Rotary and Clinton Wisely being Bag admission to Initiative amongst others supported Lagos to kick-initiating the vaccination enlighten.