Lagos To Start COVID-19 Vaccination By Weekend – Gov Sanwo-Olu
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has on Wednesday said the state would start the rollout of COVID-19 vaccine by the weekend.
Sanwo-Olu explained that a steering committee set up for the vaccine administration was in its final stage of preparation for the deployment of the vaccine, confirming that the state had a clear-cut strategy for the vaccine distribution.
The governor spoke when he received the country representative of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Walter Mulombo, in a courtesy visit at the State House, Alausa.
It would be recalled that the first consignment of 507,000 doses of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine provided by the Federal Government arrived in Lagos on Tuesday.
Sanwo-Olu said he was optimistic that the vaccine rollout would be successfully implemented, adding that the State’s Primary Healthcare Board would lead the effort in achieving herd immunity.
We have instituted a steering committee for the vaccine administration, which comprises health practitioners in the public and private sectors. They have designed a robust vaccine implementation strategy and they have identified various segments of our citizens who need to get first and in what order.
Working with the state Primary Healthcare Board, we will start administering the vaccine by the weekend. We are leading from the front to convince our citizens that the vaccine is needed to build resistance, especially among frontline workers and those who have underlying issues.
Governor Sanwo-Olu said the curve of the second wave of the virus had been flattened in Lagos, but pointed out that the state still faced some challenging issues in the response. He said the state had put in place an elaborate process to ensure the vaccine administration succeeds.
In his remarks, Mulombo said WHO recognised the state government’s contribution towards making Nigeria polio free, noting that the country had shown courageous efforts in its response to stop COVID-19.
The envoy added that United Nations’ agency looked forward to Lagos’ leadership in efficient administration of COVID-19 vaccine.