Lagos State government has received doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines from the Federal Government.
This was disclosed on Tuesday by the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, in his speech at an event held at Police College in Ikeja, but he did not reveal the figure of vaccine doses delivered to the state.
The event was organised by the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation to commemorate the 2021 International Women’s Day.
In his remarks, Governor Sanwo-Olu revealed that the state government received the vaccines at about 4am on Tuesday, noting that they have been kept in a safe place.
He assured the people of the state that the government would soon commence the vaccination exercise.
The governor stated that this would be carried out in line with the scheduled guidelines laid down by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).
He, therefore, appealed to the residents to continue to keep to all the COVID-19 protocols such as wearing of facemasks, washing and sanitising their hands, as well as observing social distancing.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Health, Oreoluwa Finnih, shared a photo and a video of the delivery of the vaccines on Twitter.
Nigeria took delivery of about four million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines last week, as part of an overall 16 million doses planned to be delivered to the country in batches over the next few months.
The vaccines were provided by COVAX, in an unprecedented global effort to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.
On Saturday last week, President Muhammadu Buhari and the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, received their first shots of the vaccines.
Both leaders took the vaccine jabs publicly at the State House in Abuja, in the presence of some members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC).