The Civil Society Coalition Against COVID-19 in partnership with the Centre for 21st Century Issues (C21ST) has begun the coordination of the third phase of COVID-19 vaccination. The group applauded the efforts of the Lagos State Government and their unwavering resolution to ensure the vaccination of Lagos residents.
The deployment of field monitors during the first and second phases of vaccination enabled the coalition to receive feedback and recommendations. These were forwarded to Lagos State Ministry of Health (LSMOH) and Lagos State Primary Health Care Board (LSPHCB).
The third phase of the vaccination will also witness the mobilization of field monitors across vaccination centres include private facilities in the state. The monitoring of the third phase of vaccination is requisite to ensure compliance with the standard guidelines.
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The outcome of the third phase monitoring exercise will help provide Lagos State Government and relevant agencies such as Lagos State Ministry of Health (LSMOH) and Lagos State Primary Health Care Board (LSPHCB) with the needed information to help them prepare for future emergencies.
The coalition implored the government to spell out the guidelines and standard of operations for private facilities to bring about efficient and safe vaccination. The group also affirmed that information should be properly given in the area of fees to be paid by vaccine recipients in private facilities. The fees are only for services rendered by private facilities, not for the payment of vaccines.
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Lagos residents were also urged to respond to the vaccinations to be secured against the fourth wave of the pandemic especially with the rising cases from new variants.
Also, the coalition urged Lagos residents to stick to non-pharmaceutical protocols which include physical distancing, wearing facemasks, hand washing, and hygiene practices.