Many Lagos residents took advantage of the extension of the first step of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign yesterday to get inoculated at various specified locations.
A large turnout of healthcare staff, frontline workers, and the elderly waited to be vaccinated at some of the Primary Health Care Centres (PHCs) in the Ikorodu district. Ita-Elewa Primary School was one of the health facilities visited.
The state government had declared that COVID-19 vaccination would be extended for two weeks, from May 10 to 24, in order to allow more people to receive the vaccine.
The vaccination will take place at designated PHC centers in 13 local government areas or local council development areas, according to the government (LCDAs).
The use of facemasks was strictly enforced, and the inhabitants of the visited area were well-behaved.
Some residents said they arrived at the centers as early as 6:45 a.m., according to reporters to allow them to obtain the vaccine before the first vaccination process ends
Dr Abdul-Rahman Adegoke said he initially delayed in taking the vaccine to observe vaccine trends globally.
With reports of the spike in Indian COVID-19 infection and mortality figures, I feel that delay in taking the vaccine will be dangerous. Moreso, we do not know when Nigeria will have access to more vaccines, which will definitely be a drawback to its vaccination programme,” Adegoke said.
Also, a retiree, Mrs Abiola Onamasi, commended the state government for the extension, saying that it would help increase the number of immunized people.
“I couldn’t take the vaccine at the start of the vaccination exercise due to some medication that I was using then. “Fortunately, the exercise has been extended, and I have the permission of my physician to take the vaccine now,” she said.
Mrs Christiana Nwabueze, a nurse, believes that in public areas, the state government should promote the use of non-pharmaceutical treatments such as facemasks, physical distancing, and hand grooming.
Given the low number of vaccinated citizens in the state, Nwabueze believes that, in addition to calling for vaccine adoption, non-pharmaceutical measures should be strictly implemented.