*299,000 doses of Moderna vaccine received
Vaccination against COVID-19 will resume on Wednesday in Lagos State with the Moderna vaccine, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said on Monday
Governor Sanwo-Olu, who gave updates on the fight against the virus, said of the 601,000 doses promised Lagos, about 299,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine were received from the Federal Government.
The governor added that vaccination centres have also been increased to 150 to prevent crowding at the centres. There were about 88 vaccination centres during the first phase of vaccination.
Vaccination would also be by appointment as registration should have been done online before approaching the centres.
Sanwo-Olu also lamented the rise in fatalities, saying the death percentage rose from 1.1 per cent in June and 7 per cent in July, to 12.1 per cent in August.
According to him, 506 deaths have been recorded so far, with 135 recorded during the third wave.
The governor also hinted that plans are on to increase the state’s oxygen production capacity to about 1,000 cylinders per day.
He said: “As a government, we have taken substantial steps to arrest this third wave in its tracks, most notable of them is the
increased monitoring and enforcement embarked upon by members of the incident command structure.
“As at August 21, Lagos had recorded 70,563 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of this number, 60,716 have recovered in-community, and 4,387 are currently being managed actively in-community.
“About 5,551 patients have been admitted into our various COVID-19 care centres, with 506 registered fatalities, 135 of which happened in this current third wave.
“Lagos State received its allocation of 299,992 doses of the Moderna vaccine on August 18 for the second phase of the national vaccination campaign, which will begin this Wednesday, August 25.
“We have developed an elaborate plan to administer the vaccines in 150 centres. The increase in the number of centres is to prevent the gathering of large crowds and ensure the campaign does not itself become a super-spreader event.
“We will ensure administration is based solely on appointment which should be done through nphcda.vaccination.gov.ng.
“Our ultimate goal is to vaccinate 60 per cent of our residents in good time.”
The governor also assured the people that the second batch of Astrazeneca vaccine was expected in one week, and so warned against combining the two types of vaccines.
“Let me also reiterate that this Moderna vaccine should not be mixed with the AstraZeneca vaccine. What this means is that only persons who have not been previously vaccinated at all should take the Moderna vaccine.
“If you have previously taken one dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, please exercise patience as we await delivery of a fresh allocation from the Federal Government,” he added.
Sanwo-Olu, who also reiterated his administration’s commitment to fighting the virus, noting the the state government have invested in
strengthening the capacity of the Lagos State BioBank to sequence positive cases.
He said sequencing allows Lagos to identify the predominant strains of the COVID-19 virus in the country and provides us with information on how to better respond to the