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Covid-19: Lagos govt reveals possible third dose of vaccine

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Safiu Kehinde

The Lagos State Government has stated the possibility of introducing a third shot for vaccinated Nigerians.

The Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi made this known at a briefing held at Ikeja, the state capital on Tuesday.

He noted that the changing state of the coronavirus might require another dose after the initial two in order to stay safe, adding that despite the first two doses, vaccinated citizens are still vulnerable to the virus to a certain degree.

“You may require a booster which is the first, second and subsequent doses because we have also discovered that even though the vaccine stops you from getting seriously sick, it may not necessarily stop you from catching Covid-19,” he said.

Explaining further, the Commissioner revealed the advantage that vaccinated citizens have over those who are yet to get vaccinated.

Abayomi added, “We do know that some people even who are fully vaccinated with two doses will still catch Covid and some people will get quite sick and occasionally, some people may die. But certainly, the people that are dying who are not vaccinated are much higher than the people who are dying who have been vaccinated.”

Meanwhile, members of the diplomatic community in Lagos has lauded the response and management effort of Lagos State Government in putting the State in shape after overcoming three successive waves of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Consul General of France in Nigeria, Laurence Monmayrant, speaking during a visit to the Commissioner, was full of praise over the biosecurity facilities put in place at the IDH by Lagos State government.

“I’m really impressed by what I have seen today, I enjoyed the visit because this is really something we’ve been looking at since the beginning of the pandemic, we’ve seen that Lagos State has done a lot,” she said.

She, however, stated the need to ensure that more citizens get vaccinated in order to suppress the new wave of the pandemic.

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