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Lagos begins second phase COVID-19 vaccination today

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Lagos State government will, today, August 30, 2021, begin the administration of the second dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines to persons who have received the first dose during the first phase of the vaccination exercise in the state.

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In a statement, yesterday, the Ministry of Health said the administration of the second dose of the vaccines would hold across 88 vaccination sites used during the first phase of the vaccination exercise for 20 days, between August 30, 2021, and September 24, 2021.

It insisted that only persons who have taken the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine are qualified to take the second jab.

The state government said it is working with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) to ensure that there is no confusion on which vaccines to be given, adding: “We would like to remind the public, particularly persons of 18 years and above, who have not received any COVID-19 vaccine, that the administration of the first dose of Moderna vaccine is still on at 183 vaccination sites across the state.”

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It, therefore, implored residents who have not received any vaccine to pre-register and schedule an appointment for the Moderna vaccine on the e-registration portal of the NPHCDA

MEANWHILE, the state government has asked residents to be wary of the outbreak of Cholera in some parts of the country, urging them to embrace wholesome hygienic practices.

In a statement signed by the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, the state, which urged residents to take preventive action or measures, stressed that since Cholera only thrives in unhygienic conditions, open defecation, drinking untreated water from unclean sources, improper disposal of refuse and not washing hands with soap must be stopped.

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He, therefore, appealed to members of the public to ensure that proper toilet facilities are provided in residences and when people are outdoors, public toilets or mobile toilets must be used.

Bello added that all tenements and property owners must prevent exposure of loose refuse and ensure that they are not only properly bagged but also disposed of through approved PSP operators to prevent flies from feasting them. Bello added that the same directive applies to Kick Against Indiscipline operatives around the state to enforce sanitation laws especially as it affects hygiene in public places.

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