Lagos shuts down all COVID-19 vaccination centres
The Lagos State government shuts down all COVID-19 vaccination centres across the state, after vaccinating 257,756 persons.
The State government acted following the directive of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, NPHCDA, that States should stop vaccination after administering half of the doses supplied to them to give opportunity for the second dose of the already vaccinated persons.
In a press statement signed by the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi said the completed exercise would ensure that at least 1 per cent of Lagos residents receive the full complement of doses required to enable the protection the vaccine promises.
He said the target to achieve effective herd immunity was the vaccination of at least 60 per cent of the Lagos State population.
With the number vaccinated in Lagos so far, the state has overshot half of the 507,000 doses allocated to it.
Abayomi said: “Lagos State inoculated 257,756 persons, as of the 15th of April 2021, consisting of health workers, frontline workers including; security agents, ports of entry staff, judiciary, petrol station workers, contingency workers and strategic leaders.
“The government went a step further to vaccinate willing pensioners, people aged 70 and above, teachers and journalists during the same period. Lagos is the only state that has inoculated more than 200,000 residents during this period.”
Abayomi said the remaining doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine have been reserved at the Lagos State Cold Chain Store for the 2nd dose exercise, which would commence on the 28th of May, 2021, following the expiration of the 8-12 weeks interval as required by the manufacturers.He encouraged Lagosians to check their vaccination cards for their next appointment dates and where possible to try to go to the same health facilities where they got their initial dose for their second dose.