The Lagos State government and its Oyo counterpart have revealed their resolves to procure the COVID-19 vaccines.
Last week’s announcement by the federal government of how it would share the 100,000 doses of Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccines it is expecting has bearing on the resolution of the two states.
While 3,131 and 1,848 vaccines are earmarked for Lagos and Oyo respectively, Kano with lesser casualties of the rampaging disease is to get 3,557.
Both states have revealed that they are working on bridging the monumental shortfall in the numbers that would cover all residents of their states.
“We don’t have vaccine yet in Nigeria so, the allocation was made on paper ahead of its availability in the country. The governor said this evening that the number that is projected to be given to Oyo is grossly inadequate and that the state is going to make alternative arrangements,” Taiwo Adisa, Gov. Seyi Makinde’s Chief Press Secretary told Punchng.com.
In similar vein, Lagos state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, was quoted by the paper as saying, “We are also working on getting our own independently. No matter what happens, the safety of Lagosians is our priority. Whatever it will take, the government will ensure that when the vaccine arrives, Lagosians are not left out.”