The Lagos State government closed all COVID-19 vaccination clinics across the state on Thursday.
This became inevitable as the state’s first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination program came to an end, with 257, 756 people vaccinated.
The government made the decision in response to a directive from the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, NPHCDA, instructing States to avoid vaccination after administering half of the doses given to them in order to provide time for the second dose to be administered to those who had already been vaccinated.
The first vaccination process, which began on March 12, 2021, in Lagos, lasted an average of 20 days.
Prof Akin Abayomi, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, said in a statement that this step of vaccination will ensure that at least 1% of Lagos residents receive the full complement of doses needed to achieve the vaccine’s safety.
The exercise ended on Tuesday, April 13th, 2021, according to the State Commissioner for Health, and as a result, the government has shut down all of its vaccination centers.
“As of April 15th, 2021, Lagos State inoculated 257,756 people, including health workers, frontline workers such as security agents, ports of entry personnel, judiciary, petrol station workers, contingency workers, and strategic leaders,” Abayomi said.
“During the same time, the government went a step further and vaccinated willing pensioners, citizens aged 70 and up, teachers, and journalists.”
Lagos, he claims, is the only state that has vaccinated more than 200,000 people during this period.
The remaining doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine are being held at the Lagos State Cold Chain Store in preparation for the second dose exercise, which will begin on May 28th, 2021.
Residents of Lagos should review their vaccination cards for their next appointment dates and return to the same health facilities where they received their first dose for their second dose, according to him.