Lagos closes all COVID-19 vaccination centers

Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi (in a black suit)

From the second wave, 257,756 people were successfully vaccinated with the first dose

As NPHCDA performs 1,133,325 vaccinations

Written by Sola Ogundipe, Chioma Obinna and Gabriel Olawale

The Lagos government has closed all COVID-19 vaccination centers across the country, even when it has completed the first phase Vaccination against COVID-19 campaign with 257, 756 vaccinated individuals.

Meanwhile, the state said it had successfully emerged from the 2nd wave of the pandemic.

The state government acted following a directive from the National Agency for the Development of Primary Health Care, NPHCDA, that states should stop vaccination after giving half of the doses delivered to them to give a chance for a second dose of already vaccinated individuals.

The first phase of the exercise, which began in Lagos on March 12, 2021, lasted an average of 20 days.

In a press statement signed by the State Commissioner for Health in Lagos, prof. Akin Abayomi said the completed exercise will ensure that at least 1 percent of Lagos residents receive the full supplement of the doses needed for the protection the vaccine promises.

He said the goal of achieving effective immunity to the herd was to vaccinate at least 60 percent of Lagos State’s population.

The state health commissioner said the exercise ended on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, and that the government had therefore closed all of its vaccination centers.

With the number so far vaccinated in Lagos, the state has overflowed half of the 507,000 doses given to it.

We remind you that the State of Lagos received 507,000 doses of 3.92 million doses of AstraZeneca COVID vaccine, which was facilitated through the COVAX Facility to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Abayomi said, “The state of Lagos has inoculated 257,756 people, as of April 15, 2021, made up of health workers, including front-line workers; insurance agents, incoming staff, judiciary, gas station workers, emergency workers and strategic leaders.

“In the same period, the government took a step further to vaccinate willing pensioners, people older than 70, teachers and journalists. Lagos is the only country to have inoculated more than 200,000 inhabitants during this period. “

Abayomi said the remaining doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine were reserved at the Lagos State Refrigerator for a second-dose exercise, which would begin on May 28, 2021, after an interval of 8 to 12 weeks, as needed. by the manufacturer.

He encouraged Lagos to check vaccination cards for the dates of the next meeting and where possible to try to go to the same health facilities where they received the initial dose for the second dose.

“There is no need for citizens who received the first dose to pre-register before going to the health institution for the second dose, because their already recorded details will be updated with additional information only after vaccination.

Doses of the vaccine expire on June 9

“Vaccines should expire on July 9, 2021. Our activity of monitoring and evaluating quality assurance indicates that our logistics of cold chain distribution has been maintained, which ensures the integrity of vaccines.

“As previously determined by the federal government’s strategy through the National Agency for the Development of Primary Health Care, Vaccinations against COVID-19 will be in four phases.

“The second phase will include people aged 50 and over, as well as those living with concomitant diseases between the ages of 18-49. The third phase will then be activated for people in LGAs with the highest disease infections and those who missed the first and second phases. The fourth phase will include other eligible populations as more vaccines become available. The start date of the second phase of vaccination will be announced by the Federal Government in due course. “

Subsequently, the Commissioner explained that of the 257,756 persons vaccinated on 15 April 2021, 59,444 (23.1%) were health workers, 109,809 (42.6%) were basic workers and 88,503 (34.3%) were strategic leaders.

“Our gender distribution data show that we vaccinated more women than men; with 131,283 women representing 50.9 percent and 126,473 men representing 49.1 percent vaccinated as of April 15, 2021. “

Top 6 LGAs with the most vaccinations

“According to our assessment report, Eti-Osa, the mainland of Lagos, Ikea, Kosofa, Alimosho and Surulere are the six best local communities with the highest number of vaccinated persons. In Eti-Osa and the mainland of Lagos, 28,257 and 25,094 people were vaccinated.

At Ikea LGA, we vaccinated 23,194 people; in Kosofe LGA, 19,398 people received the COVID vaccine. 18,954 and 14,963 people were vaccinated for Alimosho and Surulere.

The local authorities of Apapa, Amuwo-Odofin, Badagry, Epe and Ibeju-Lekki have the fewest vaccinated citizens, with less than 8,000 people vaccinated for each.

“So far, after administering the first dose of the vaccine to 257,756 people, only a few vaccinated have experienced what are called adverse events after immunization (AEFI) or an adverse event of special interest (AESI) that characterizes pain in pain. injection site, fever or body aches lasting 24 to 48 hours and anaphylactic shock. “

He said that the state government is extremely diligent due to blood coagulation disorders, considering the prevailing international scientific attention about the possibility of an increased risk of developing blood clotting disorders, and two cases are being investigated.

“It is important in the interest of scientific knowledge to be able to attribute any problem with blood clotting directly to the application of the vaccine.”

He further revealed that the state government has robust oversight systems to effectively monitor and track unpleasant events.

“I would like to ask anyone who experiences any adverse events to call the LGA Surveillance Notice number written in front of the vaccination card so that such cases can be thoroughly investigated and monitored.”

Lessons learned

Abayomi noted that the challenges it faces during the vaccination campaign will be addressed before Phase 2 of the vaccination campaign.

Among the challenges is the need to perfect a digital platform that would ensure scheduling customer schedules to prevent overcrowding, leading opportunists to take advantage of the chaos that can ensue.

Others continuously communicate with active risk to manage residents ’expectations, educate them about the need to properly monitor adverse events, and report them through official channels.

Lagos successfully emerged from the second wave

Commissioner for Health, prof. Akin Abayomi said the state of Lagos, which has consistently been the epicenter of Nigeria, has successfully emerged from the second wave.

“The government is not relaxing on its oars and is diligently preparing for all cases.

Mr. Governor is committed to achieving herd immunity for its population through vaccination, and the State of Lagos will work with NPHCDA and other potential stakeholders to ensure a successful vaccination campaign against COVID to ensure that the State of Lagos can withstand or mitigate the 3rd wave .

“In line with the federal government’s strategy to combat the spread of the global pandemic and ensure public health, the Lagos government, through its Vaccination Strategy Technical Working Group and the Lagos State Primary Health Care Committee, vaccinated its residents under the supervision and strict NPHCDA protocols.

NPHCDA performs 1,133,325 vaccinations

An update released Wednesday by the National Agency for the Development of Primary Health Care, NPHCDA, found that so far a total of 1,133,325 eligible Nigerians have been vaccinated with the first dose, representing 56.3 percent of those vaccinated.

An analysis of the NPHCDA update contained in the Electronic Management of the Immunization Data System, further revealed that Lagos leads the exercise with 218,174 vaccinated individuals.

The four other states behind Lagos are Kano 59,040; Kaduna, 58,026; Ogun, 53,314 and FCT, 52,348.

Other states that recorded five-digit numbers in the exercise are Oyo, 40,122; Katsina, 39,646; Bauchi, 36,458; Ondo, 31,579; Kwara, 31,260; Rijeka, 29,926; Edo, 29685; Plateau, 28,922; Jigawa, 28,901; Niger, 27, 449; Gombe, 27,354; Ekiti, 23,434; Benue, 22,727; Borno, 22,081; Delta, 21,859; Osun, 21,387; Yobe, 21,123; Adamawa, 20,446; Imo, 19,803; Nasarawa, 17,927; Kebbi, 16,146; Zamfara, 16,088; Cross River, 15, 710; Enugu, 13,076; Akwa Ibom, 12,729; Kogi, 12,040; Sokoto, 11,975; Anambra, 11,755; Abia, 11,163 and Bayels, 10,751. Ebonyi 9,567 ii Taraba 9,334.

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