The Lagos State Government has alarmed it’s occupants of a possible outbreak of the fourth wave of Covid-19 infection across the country.
The state government fears that this could be triggered by the large volume of inbound passengers arriving the state for Christmas and New Year festivities, low vaccination and the anticipated social activities in the festive season.
This disclosure was made by the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, at a press briefing on the Lagos State Covid-19 response and mass vaccination strategy, noting that the state government is currently implementing strategies to prevent and mitigate a possible fourth wave of Covid-19 infections.
Abayomi highlighted that 4-pronged strategies are being employed including vaccination strategy, testing strategy, management of inbound passengers of interest into the country and managing social events during the festive season to prevent and mitigate a potential fourth wave.
Abayomi made it clear that Lagos currently has 2.67% of its population vaccinated with 2 doses of the Covid vaccines, adding that the State hopes to administer 8 million doses of Covid vaccines to 4 million people by the 25th of December this year.
Abayomi noted that the State Government, as part of its vaccination campaign mandate and approach, is partnering with the private sector to rapidly ramp up Covid-19 vaccination, stressing that the areas of collaboration include leveraging the private sector resources on administration, logistics, distribution, pharmacovigilance and technology.
The Commissioner explained that the administration of Covid-19 vaccines remains free in public health facilities, stating that citizens may be required to pay an administrative fee of N6,000 for 2 doses of the vaccines in private health facilities as an alternative for interested persons.
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