…..Urges Lagosians Not To Panic Over Third Wave
Lagos State government has said the administration of second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine would commence in the next two weeks, saying that the state had received extra 57,000 doses of vaccine.
This was disclosed on Wednesday by the State Health Commissioner, Prof.Akin Abayomi, at a press briefing on Prevention Of Third Wave Of COVID 19 In Lagos.
He said that all residents of the state participating at the 2021 lesser hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia would be mandated to proceed on a seven-day compulsory self isolation to prevent community transmission of coronavirus across the state.
The Commissioner added that the move was to ascertain that the pilgrims, who had been in Saudi Arabia for over two weeks, have not contracted the virus while performing the religious rites in the country.
He added that the State has placed the United States (US), Canada, France and 11 other countries on COVID-19 watchlist, and that passengers from the countries would be placed on a compulsory seven days self-isolation, to prevent community transmission.
Other countries on the watchlist of the Lagos state were Germany, Netherlands, Togo, Ghana, Cameroon, Angola, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania.
Abayomi said the state received 57,000 doses of vaccine to vaccinate another 28,000 of Lagos population, in addition to the first batch received by the state.
“In addition to the 507,000 doses that we got from the federal government, we have also received in the last few days, an additional consignment of 57,000 doses of AstraZeneca”, said Abayomi.
He said that some portion of the extra vaccines received would be used in the “ring vaccination strategy” initiated by the state.
The Commissioner said that with the ring strategy, the government intends to reduce the chances of a third wave, adding that the vaccine has proven to be effective in protecting people from the adverse effects of COVID-19.