By Ezra Odogu
Lagos State on Wednesday hailed first day of renewed vaccination as it began administration of Moderna vaccine at 183 sites.
Commissioner for Health Prof. Akin Abayomi, who spoke yesterday after receiving a report from the Social Mobilisation Team, hailed conduct of the exercise at most of the sites.
He noted that the turnout of residents at vaccination sites was encouraging.
Although he acknowledged challenges at some sites, the commissioner promised they would be addressed for better service delivery.
He said: “I’m impressed by the report from the field. We had a good start. It can only get better, and I can assure you that all challenges would be resolved to ensure a seamless exercise, going forward.
“I would like to appreciate the team of dedicated staff as well as Lagosians for their turn out, cooperation and adherence to COVID protocols at sites. Efforts of stakeholders have ensured the success of day one”.
Abayomi said residents interested in getting Moderna vaccine could book on NPHCDA portal – https://nphcda.vaccination.gov.ng.
He said that the e-registration was mandatory for the vaccination, adding only residents who registered would be attended to at the sites.
Vaccination sites monitored include Sango PHC in Agege LG; Ogba, Ifako, Agbado and Iju PHCs in Ifako-Ijaiye LG; Oregun, Opebi and Ojodu PHC in Ikeja; Merian PHC in Alimosho LGA; and Ogudu PHC in Kosofe.
Others are Sura, Oba Adeyinka Oyekan PHCs and Lagos Island Maternity Hospital; Shogunle and Oshodi PHCs in Oshodi-Isolo LG; and Palm Avenue PHC in Mushin.
Some residents, who spoke to the monitoring team, hailed the conduct, hoping, however, the process could be better in coming days.
Barnabas Amadi, who got vaccinated at Ogba PHC, said the process was seamless, from e-registration to vaccination.
He encouraged those yet to receive the vaccine to get vaccinated, stressing the process was easy and fast.
“I just got vaccinated. It was an interesting experience. I registered online and the process was seamless. Getting here, it was initially a bit rowdy but it is calm now. I guess it is because this is the first day, but the process is generally fast and I believe it can get better. I commend the government and everybody in charge of this vaccination process”.