Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has mandated that presentation of a COVID-19 vaccination card is now compulsory for attendees of social gatherings in the state.
Sanwo-Olu disclosed this on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 while providing an update on the management of Coronavirus in the state.
The governor stated that as a measure of curbing the spread of the disease; every attendee of a social gathering must present their vaccination cards or digital bar code page; showing at least first dose but preferably double dose full vaccination. Additionally, Sanwo-Olu said in unvaccinated people, a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) within 72 hours will be an exemption.
‘‘All social events must be duly registered to obtain Event Safety Clearance from the Lagos State Safety Commission website: www.lasgsafetyreg.com prior to holding…The guidelines set out below must be strictly adhered to.
‘‘Where possible, events should be held outdoors…Occupancy limit at any event must not exceed 60 per cent of maximum design capacity of the event centre.
‘‘Everybody, irrespective of vaccination status, must be subject to Rapid Diagnostic test (Antigen) to be conducted at the event venue; or within 24hrs prior to the event at designated laboratories. Request for rapid tests at the venue requires an application through the Safety Commission,” he said.
Additionally, the governor said that since the persons under 18 years of age were unvaccinated; their temperature should be checked and persons with high temperature (above 37.5) would be politely turned back and referred to paramedics or the emergency response team on ground. He said that all guests and service providers at the event must wear a nose mask or face shield before entry; adding that they must endeavour to wash their hands before entering the venue or use hand sanitizers; after which temperature checks should be carried out.
‘‘Despite the huge financial obligation and constraints associated with managing this pandemic; our administration will continue to do everything within its power to ensure the preservation of the lives and livelihood of residents of Lagos State.
‘‘I implore all residents of Lagos to comply with all guidelines and join hands with the government in the management of this pandemic,” the Incident Commander said.
Meanwhile, amid the recent surge in a new wave of the COVID-19 pandemic with the rise of the Omicron variant; it has emerged that an estimated one million vaccines expired in Nigeria last month without being used.