Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, says the state will commence Covid-19 vaccination on Thursday.

Mr Sanwo-Olo stated that the Federal Government had given Lagos State 507,000 doses of the AstraZeneca.

He explained that plans were in place to begin administering them.

The governor made this known when the World Health Organization, WHO, Representative in Nigeria, Dr Walter Mulombo, paid a courtesy visit to Lagos House, Ikeja.

”We are truly grateful that they (Federal Government) can give us that number, we want a lot more. We have the Vaccine Steering Committee that we put in place which has both the private sector practitioners and public sector practitioners.

”They have designed a robust vaccine implementation strategy, they have identified the various levels of our citizens and what order, we are going to be administering the doses that we have.

”With all of that now, working with the Primary Health Board at the state level, we will start administering it maybe from tomorrow or as they plan.

”We have a robust process that shows we are ready and capable to administer those things in the days, weeks and months ahead.

”We need to explain to our citizens and help them see that indeed, the vaccine is needed, it is helpful and it will help the level of resistance, especially the first line health workers, those with underlining health issue and the senior citizens among us,” the governor said.

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Speaking further, Sanwo-Olu said that COVID-19 came at a time the world did not have a clear understanding of the consequences, but Lagos State was able to respond early enough.

On his part, Mulombo commended the governor and his cabinet for promptly responding to emergencies, health, transportation, and for the state’s contribution in making Nigeria polio-free.

The WHO Representative said that the prompt response by Lagos State Government on COVID-19 had made Nigeria a reference point.

Mulombo, therefore, urged other African countries to follow the Nigerian approach to COVID-19 response.

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