The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Wednesday stated the state would start the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine at the weekend.
Sanwo-Olu, who stated this when he received the country representative of the World Health Organisation, Dr Walter Mulombo, on the State House, Alausa, noted that the committee arranges for the vaccine administration was within the final stage of the deployment of the vaccine.
The governor in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile, stated he was optimistic that the vaccine rollout can be efficiently implemented, including that the state’s Primary Healthcare Board would lead the effort in achieving herd immunity.
He said, “We’ve instituted a steering committee for the vaccine administration, which comprises health practitioners in the public and private sectors. They’ve designed a strong vaccine implementation strategy and so they have identified numerous segments of our citizens who must get first and in what order.
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“Working with the state Primary Healthcare Board, we are going to start administering the vaccine by the weekend. We’re leading from the front to persuade our citizens that the vaccine is required to build resistance, particularly among frontline workers and those that have underlying issues.”
Mulombo stated the WHO recognised the state government’s contribution towards making Nigeria polio-free, noting that the nation had shown courageous efforts in its response to stop COVID-19.
He stated, “We’re right here to guarantee you of the UN’s continued assist for Lagos State in combating health issues. We look forward to that leadership displayed within the early days of COVID-19 response and urge Lagos to indicate the same in rolling out the vaccine.