…..Lists Military Officers, Health Workers, Others For First Phase
The Lagos state government has begun free COVID-19 vaccination exercise as military officers, health workers and other frontline workers are listed to receive the first shot.
This was disclosed by the State’s Commissioner For Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, at a press briefing held at CACOVID Isolation Centre in Yaba, Lagos, on Friday.
Abayomi explained that the state had elaborate plan on how to ensure residents were vaccinated, saying that the idea of vaccinating the frontline workers first was part of measure to break the community transmission chain of the virus across the state.
He said that the list was approved by the governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to protect the identified workers from contracting the virus.
Abayomi added that 88 designated locations had been approved for the commencement of the Phase 1, saying that the second wave had been put under control.
He disclosed that the state received 507, 742 doses of COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccines and that it arrived in the morning of 9th of March.
The commissioner said that the vaccine would be rolled out in 4 phases and that the process would be seamless interms of security and crowd control.
He added that from Monday, there would be a registration portal for those that fall within the criteria of the first phase, reiterating that the expected dosage for the vaccine was two doses upto twelve weeks apart from the first dose, adding further ” With the first dose, you can achieve 60 percent protection”.
” it is important to recognise that after you have been vaccinated, it does not guarantee that you will not contract the virus. There is still a possibility that you will contract it but the chances of developing severe to critical disease has significantly diminished if you have achieved this level of immunity”, said Abayomi.
Speaking on the safety of the vaccine, the Commissioner said that the risk of not receiving the vaccine was higher than the chance of contracting the virus and develop serious illness.
Others expected to get free Astra Zeneca COVID-19 COVAX vaccines were judicial workers, port health workers, and COVID-19 rapid response teams in the state.