Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has lamented that only one per cent of Lagos residents received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Sanwo-Olu disclosed this in an update of the coronavirus pandemic situation in Lagos. He explained:
As of today, however, the percentage of residents of Lagos who have received two doses of the vaccine stands at a mere one per cent. We recognise that this is not adequate, given the imminent third wave and our priority to reduce COVID-19-related deaths.
We are exploring all avenues possible to ramp up access to vaccination so as to reach our herd immunity target of at least 60 per cent COVID-19 vaccination coverage of the population of Lagos state.
Sanwo-Olu, however, said his government was confident that “we will be getting a second batch of vaccines very soon to kick-start the second phase of vaccinations.”
The governor added that while the federal and state governments had a huge role in managing the COVID-19 pandemic, he urged Nigerians to act responsibly.
He pointed out that Nigeria risked losing lives and livelihood on a devastating scale without the public’s cooperation.
After almost 18 months of daily confronting this virus, it is understandable that many are tired and want their old, pre-pandemic lives to return. Unfortunately, we do not have a choice in this regard, and fatigue is not an option. We cannot afford to be tired, frustrated, or distracted.
The enemy is formidable – and opportunistic. It will only go as far as we allow it. Having triumphed over the first and second waves of the pandemic, we must now find within ourselves new reserves of energy to quell this emerging third wave before it snowballs out of control.
Let me assure us all that victory over COVID-19 is much closer today than at any other point in our recent history.