The Lagos State Government says it will resume vaccination against Corona Virus with the Moderna vaccine from Wednesday, 25th of August across the State.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, stated this while briefing newsmen on update of the Covid 19 pandemic, at the Lagos House, Alausa Ikeja.
He explained that as part of the strategy to halt the spread of the current third wave of the pandemic, designated vaccination centres across the State have been increased to one hundred and fifty.
The Governor who noted that it was necessary for the state government to redouble its effort in curbing the spread of the third wave, particularly the delta variant urged residents to take advantage of the opportunity to enable the State achieve its vaccination target of sixty percent of the total population.
“One of the major pillars of our mitigation strategy for the third wave is vaccination, we are seeing that countries that have vaccinated a large percentage of their population are recordingdrastic reductions, in the numbers of COVID-19 related deaths.
“This is one of the reasons why we have not spared any cost to ensure that the vaccines that have been provided by the Federal Government are made available to every resident that meets the requirements for the vaccination program”.
The Governor who noted that oxygen was a vital requirement in managing the virus, stated that the commodity was free in all public health institutions and that the State was exploring different ways by which it would increase its oxygen capacity from four hundred percent per day to one thousand.
Governor Sanwo-Olu revealed that the positivity rate of the virus had increased from one point one percent in June to twelve point one percent this August.
According to him, the rise in the number of confirmed cases was due to lack of adherence to the Covid 19 protocol, announcing that the State had recorded five hundred and six fatalities from the virus.
He said, about one thousand persons coming in from the red listed countries who were required to observe mandatory isolation had absconded putting others at risk, and warned that in-bound travellers that fail to comply with isolation protocols would be prosecuted.
“Between the 8th of May, 2021 and the 21st of August, 2021, a total of eighty-eight thousand, eight hundred and gorty-seven Persons of Interest, POIs, have arrived in Lagos via the Murtala Mohammed International Airport.
“Of the eighty-eight thousand, eight hundred and forty-seven POIs, one thousand and seventy-three have tested positive following arrival.
“As at 21st of August 2021, Lagos State has identified Five thousand, nine hundred and ninety-eight of these persons and successfully isolated four thousand five hundred of them arriving from the red-listed countries, while one thousand and ninety-four have absconded”.
Commending all front line workers for their dedication, the Governor reminded religious institutions and groups to adhere strictly to the existing COVID -19 protocols, including not having more than fifty persons in an enclosed place.