Nigerian State Suspends COVID-19 Vaccination, Gives Reason for Shutting Down Centres

Nigerian State Suspends COVID-19 Vaccination, Gives Reason for Shutting Down Centres

- The COVID-19 vaccination exercise has been stopped temporarily in Lagos state, according to the commissioner for health

- Prof. Akin Abayomi made the announcement in a statement on Wednesday, April 21

- In light of this, all its vaccination centres in the southwest state have been decommissioned

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Following the conclusion of the first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination, the Lagos state government has suspended the exercise.

Professor Akin Abayomi, the state commissioner for health who made the statement in a series of tweets on Wednesday, April 21, and sighted by, noted that all its centres have been shut down

According to Abayomi, shutting down the centers is in compliance with the directive of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA).

Nigerian State Suspends COVID-19 Vaccination, Gives Reason for Shutting Down Centres
Lagos state has shut down all its COVID-19 vaccination centres. Photo credit: @ProfAkinAbayomi
Source: Twitter

The NPHCDA in its directive had asked states to suspend vaccination once half of their current supply has been administered.

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It was gathered that the order is to ensure that those who received the first dose will have an opportunity for the second dose.

Earlier, reported that the Lagos state government had released a list of 88 health facilities that would be expected to provide the services in 20 local government areas.

This was disclosed by the state's commissioner for health, Professor Akin Abayomi on Tuesday, March 16.

Abayomi explained that the first phase of the exercise is for healthcare workers, COVID-19 response team, officials of ports of entry (air, land, and seaports), laboratory network, judiciary, military, police, other security agencies, petrol station, schools, press, and other frontline workers.

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In a related development, the National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) maintained that the COVID-19 vaccination exercise in Nigeria should not be halted because of the fears of alleged side-effects of the AstraZeneca jab.

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NAFDAC's director-general, Mojisola Adeyeye, during an interview, advised that with the rate of deaths from the pandemic both locally and globally, it will be wrong and dangerous to stop the inoculation.

Admitting that there is a need for proper in-depth study to ascertain people's various reactions to drugs, the NAFDAC boss said the AstraZeneca vaccine is not the first to have side-effects since the inception of COVID-19.


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