Over one per cent of Lagos residents has received second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals who received their vaccines had demonstrated significant resistance to the effects of the virus, with fewer associated complications and deaths.
The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, made this known in the update of the COVID-19 pandemic situation in Lagos State.
One of the major tenets of the mitigation strategy against the third wave of COVID-19 is the vaccination campaign, as applicable in other parts of the world.
“As of today, however, the percentage of residents of Lagos who have received two doses of the vaccine stands at a mere 1 per cent.
“We recognise that this is not adequate, and given the imminent third wave, and our priority to reduce COVID-19 related deaths.
“We are exploring all avenues possible to ramp up access to vaccination, so as to reach our herd immunity target of at least 60 per cent COVID-19 vaccination coverage of the population of Lagos State.
“We are confident that we will be getting a second batch of vaccines very soon, to kick-start the second phase of vaccinations,” he said.
The governor noted that while the federal and state governments had a huge role to play in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic, the responsibility of managing the third wave ultimately belongs to all Nigerians.
However, without the cooperation of the public, the country stands the risk of losing both lives and livelihood on a devastating scale.
According to him, this is not the time to get tired or complacent, instead, all must be re-energised to battle the invisible and seemingly relentless enemy – COVID-19.
“After almost 18 months of daily confronting this virus, it is understandable that many are tired and want their old, pre-pandemic lives to return.
“Unfortunately, we do not have a choice in this regard, and fatigue is not an option. We cannot afford to be tired, frustrated, or distracted.
“The enemy is formidable and opportunistic. It will only go as far as we allow it.
“Let me assure us all that victory over COVID-19 is much closer today than at any other point in our recent history and Having triumphed over the first and second waves of the pandemic, we must now find within ourselves new reserves of energy to quell this emerging third wave before it snowballs out of control,” he added.
The Governor said that, Nigerians must persevere to see the triumph and must keep up watchfulness as the vaccinations process carry’s on in the country.
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