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Over 250,000 Lagos residents receive COVID-19 phase one vaccination

By News Desk

Lagos State Government has vaccinated no fewer than 257,756 eligible residents against coronavirus, saying the data provided covered people who have received the first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in the state.

The government listed to those vaccinated to include health workers, as well as frontline workers such as security officials, ports of entry staff, judiciary, petrol station workers, contingency workers, and strategic leaders.

The state’s Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, explained that the figure of those covered during the first phase was recorded as of April 15.

In a statement on Wednesday, Abayomi stated that the government in covering a wide range of residents took a step further to vaccinate willing pensioners, people aged 70 and above, teachers, and journalists during the period under review.

With 257,756 residents vaccinated, the commissioner said that the government has concluded the first half of phase one of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign, in line with the directive of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA).

Noting that the exercise began on March 12, the commissioner explained that the first phase, which took an average of 20 days, followed the Federal Government’s directive to stop vaccination once half of the consignment had been administered to ensure the second doses were administered.

“This will ensure that at least one per cent of Lagos residents receive the full complement of doses required to enable the protection the vaccine promises. The target to achieve effective herd immunity is vaccination of at least 60 per cent of the Lagos State population.

“The exercise lapsed on Tuesday, April 13. Consequently, the government has shut down all its vaccination centers,” he said.

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