By Babajide Okeowo
Amid the rising cases of COVID-19 Pandemic and a fourth wave of the virus, the Lagos Ministry of Health has announced that the state is out of the Moderna vaccine.
This development was announced in a brief post on the official Instagram page of the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, titled ‘Non-availability of #COVID19 Moderna Vaccine in Lagos State – Appeal for Restraint by Lagos State Ministry of Health’.
“Lagos State Ministry of Health (LSMOH) and Lagos State Primary Healthcare Board (LSPHCB) sincerely appeal for understanding over the non-availability of Moderna vaccine in all vaccination centres in Lagos at the moment.
“It should be noted that the supply of vaccines to all states of the Federation is done exclusively by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).
“Like other states of the federation, Lagos State relies on NPHCDA for the supply of all COVID-19 vaccines
“At the moment, Lagos State is yet to be supplied with another batch of Moderna vaccine since the last stock was exhausted. The situation is, however, temporary.
“Lagos State is in touch with NPHCDA to ensure availability of adequate doses of Moderna vaccine at vaccination centres as soon as possible.
“Please be rest assured that second doses of Moderna vaccine will be administered to all who have received the first doses as soon as Lagos State receives new supply from NPHCDA.
“All those who have received the first doses will be adequately notified and attended to accordingly as soon as a new supply of Mordena vaccine arrives Lagos State” the statement reads.
As of Wednesday night, Lagos State, the nation’s epicenter of the virus, now has 85,962 cases, with 5,146 active cases and 757 deaths recorded in total.
Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is an mRNA vaccine that requires two shots, 28 days apart.