115343656 Sanwo Olu Lagos Lacks Resources To Vaccinate All Residents, Says Sanwo-Olu
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Lagos lacks resources to vaccinate all residents, says Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State Government says it is not planning to make the COVID-19 vaccine available to all residents.

This is because the state may not have the resources to do that, government said.

Rather, critical segments in the state population will be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity against the pandemic.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu disclosed this on the state government website. According to the post, the governor spoke on Sunday during a live television programme by Channels TV.

The post states in part:

Sanwo-Olu said the State Government did not have the plan to make the COVID-19 vaccine available to all residents, as the state may not have the resources to do that; he said critical segments in the state population would be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity against the pandemic.

Aside the vaccine arrangement being made by the Federal Government for states, the governor said Lagos, which is the epicentre of COVID-19 infection, had activated plans to augment the vaccine that would be delivered to the State.

He said: “As a sovereign, we want the Federal Government to take the lead in getting the vaccine.

“As a sub-national government, we are taking our destiny into our own hand.

“We have started conversation with some of the vaccine manufacturers. I have made contact with Pfizer and Oxford-AstraZeneca. Developers of Moderna have written to us and we have written back to them.

“We are making our own sub-national contacts and part of the things to come out of this effort is that, once we see what the national government is doing in terms of protocols, then we can plan for our rollout.

“The contacts we made with vaccine developers are at the board level.

“We don’t have to vaccinate the whole of 22 million people in Lagos. The plan is around ensuring that there is herd immunity and that typically speaks to 50 to 60 percent of our population.

“That’s the target we need to really meet in vaccine rollout.”

On how Lagos would get resources to fund its vaccine programme, the governor reportedly said the bulk of the finances would be realised from private sector donations and international grants, adding that the state government also has allocation for COVID-19 project in its 2021 budget.

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