Lagos State Government has received doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines from the Federal Government.
This was disclosed on Tuesday by Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu while speaking at the 2021 International Women’s Day celebration organised by the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation held at Police College, Ikeja.
Governor Sanwo-Olu disclosed that the State Government received the vaccines at 4am on Tuesday, noting that the vaccines have been kept in a safe place.
He assured Lagosians that the State government will soon commence the vaccinations in line with the scheduled guidelines laid down by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).
Governor Sanwo-Olu also implored Lagosians to continue to keep to all the COVID-19 protocols like wearing of facemasks, washing and sanitising their hands and observing social distance.
Recall that last week, Nigeria took delivery of about four million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines as part of an overall 16 million doses planned to be delivered to the country in batches over the next few months.
The vaccines were provided by COVAX, in an unprecedented global effort to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.
Also in his address at the event Sanwo-olu said the theme for this year’s celebration ‘Women in leadership achieving an equal future in covid-19 world’ and the slogan #choose to challenge are indeed very apt considering the vital roles women all over the world have been playing to curb and combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Sanwo-olu ‘Since the outbreak of the virus a year ago, female Doctors, Nurses and Caregivers have been working side by side with men in the fight against the pandemic, saving lives and giving hope for a healthier and more prosperous future.
‘It is therefore appropriate to appreciate these women for their courage, passion professionalism and all that they have put into the fight to save humanity against the rage of the deadly virus. We must also use this occasion to remember those who have lost their lives in the process of saving the lives of others. May their gentle souls rest in peace.’
On Tuesday Governor Sanwo-olu also launched the Lagos Creative Academy in partnership with Ebony life. The event offered around 120 students an opportunity to learn in the creative arts and become the boss of their own.
In his address at the event, Sanwo-olu said the early ideas of the Lagos Creative Academy was part of his THEMES agenda, as he encouraged the youth to make the most of the opportunity.