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Ifako-Ijaiye, Agege record large turnout as COVID-19 vaccination exercise progress in Lagos

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Lara Adejoro

Residents of Ifako-Ijaiye and Agege, Lagos came out in large numbers on Monday for the COVID-19 vaccination exercise at the Ifako-Ijaiye General Hospital.

The general hospital is one of the designated vaccination sites in Lagos and residents of the area came out en mass to receive the Oxford/Astrazeneca and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines respectively.

Recall that the Lagos State Government had on Sunday said it will resume the administration of second doses of the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine, on Monday (today) to persons who have received the first dose of the vaccine during the first phase of the vaccination exercise in the state.

The state also commenced the administration of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the designated 183 vaccination sites last Wednesday, August 25, after receiving its allocation of 299,992 doses of the vaccine. 

Lagos state has the highest turnout for both the AstraZeneca and the Moderna vaccines.

The latest statistics by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency show that 41,372 citizens have received the first dose of the Moderna vaccine.

While, 404,414 citizens received the AstraZeneca vaccine at the end of July 10, 2021.

Our correspondent who visited the Ifako-Ijaiye General Hospital observed that residents came out en masse and two spots were allocated for the vaccination at the centre. 

A vaccinee who spoke with our correspondent said the number of people waiting to be vaccinated is proof of the vaccination success despite instances of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among some residents. 

“At first, I thought people won’t be many but I’m surprised that many people came for it. It even boosted my confidence in the vaccine.

“I will register my father for the vaccine (Moderna) online and ensure that he comes here for the jab,” the 25-year-old student, Moses Adebiyi said.

PUNCH HealthWise observed that some people scheduled for the morning session were still waiting to be vaccinated as at 12: 07 pm while those scheduled for the afternoon session were seated for their turn.

Another person who was waiting to be vaccinated said he was eager to get his vaccine against the virus.

“I hear the news and I see how people die especially as a result of the Delta variant and I need no one to tell me that I need to be protected.

“No one wants to die, I want to take the vaccine, and they are fast here,” Seun Abeeb said. 

Also, after a slow start at the Sango-Agege Primary Health Centre, the number of people who showed up for the vaccination grew over time.

A vaccinee who had taken the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine said he was prompted to come for her second dose after receiving a text message on Sunday evening.

“I’m not sure who sent the message but it is definitely those in charge of the vaccination because I should have taken my second dose since but I’ve been busy.

“But today, I made up my mind to come for the vaccine; it’s necessary as I may need it when travelling out of the country,” the woman said on condition of anonymity.

The state government said the administration of the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine will be held across 88 vaccination sites used during the first phase of the vaccination exercise for 20 days; between Monday 30th August and Friday 24th September 2021.

In a press release made available to PUNCH HealthWise, Director, Public Affairs in the state Ministry of Health, Tunbosun Ogunbanwo, said only persons who have taken the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine and are due for the second dose are eligible for this exercise.

“Citizens who have received the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine and are due for a second dose are encouraged to report to the vaccination sites where they received the first dose, to get their second jab.

“To get the second dose, eligible persons are only required to come to the vaccination sites with their vaccination cards as scheduled between the hours of 9.00 am and 3.00 pm, weekdays only. There is no need for E-registration for this category of people.

“It is important to note that mixing one brand of vaccine with another brand in this exercise is not allowed. Those who have received AstraZeneca as the first dose should receive AstraZeneca as the second dose, while those who have received Moderna as first dose will receive Moderna as second dose when due,” he said.

He encouraged citizens who have not received any vaccine a

to pre-register and schedule an appointment for the Moderna vaccine on the E-registration portal of the NPHCDA: https://nphcda.vaccination.gov.ng/

“Both AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines are highly effective against serious illness and death from COVID variants including the Delta variant.

“Citizens are advised to get all recommended vaccine doses to develop maximum protection. The vaccines are safe and very effective. Get vaccinated today to protect yourself and your loved ones,” he said.

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