The Lagos State Government has revealed that it is considering other ways to source COVID-19 vaccines in order to achieve herd immunity against the pandemic for its population.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, who said in an interview on Sunday, September 5, in Abuja.
Abayomi said, “While the first national target of vaccination is 60 per cent, we in Lagos are looking for vaccines to create full coverage that will be safe.
“And even for children, as well as other immunocompromised individuals that do not fall into the normal criteria; as the pace at which we are going is extremely slow.
“We’re looking for avenues and activities to speed this up; donor partners, private sector, through advocacy because it appears that this virus is not going anytime soon.”
He said so far, the Lagos state government had been able to vaccinate just about one per cent of its population, against a target of 60 per cent.
“If you vaccinate only 60 per cent of your population, the remaining 40 per cent remains vulnerable; and the virus can circulate within that 40 per cent and create new strains; which can then affect those that have been vaccinated.
“Countries are now talking about booster shots, whereas in Lagos; we haven’t been able to deliver more than one per cent of the population. we know that the vaccine campaign is critical, and to mitigate subsequent waves,” the commissioner said.
According to him, the Lagos state government does not want to slow down the economy of the state; “We want to create a situation where the economy is relatively opened; so that people can move around and commercial activities go on.
“And it seems as if the way to go, apart from the standard Non-pharmaceutical interventions; is to have a very robust vaccination strategy.”
The health commissioner, speaking further, said Lagos was committed to achieving the target of 60 per cent as soon as possible.
“Under the guidance and regulation of the federal government regulatory agencies. And by whichever ways we can do that; we hope that we can speed things up.”