Residents of Lagos, Nigeria would now be charged N6,000 to receive free Covid-19 vaccines from private health facilities in Lagos.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced the launch of the state’s mass vaccination campaign on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. The governor added that the fee was agreed on as an administrative fee for the private facilities to recoup the resources devoted to the administration of the vaccine.
Sanwo-Olu shared that the new development was put in place for those hoping to escape the hassle of possibly-crowded public health facilities while adding that only government-approved private hospitals should be patronized.
“We encourage all Lagos residents to visit our listed public facilities to receive this vaccine at no cost to them. However, those that wish to receive them in the comforts of a private facility can do so at this administrative cost,” he said.
The governor said the partnership is expected to be implemented in over 400 private health centres across seven underserved local government areas in Lagos.
This would be in addition to the 205 public primary health centres, and 14 secondary and tertiary hospitals where COVID-19 vaccines are administered.
Over 5.6 million people have received at least one dose of the AstraZeneca or Moderna vaccines across Nigeria, with nearly 3 million of them fully vaccinated with two doses.
Sanwo-Olu said 1.2 million Lagos residents have received their first doses, while 550,000 have received two doses.
The goal of the mass vaccination programme launched on Wednesday is to ensure at least four million residents are vaccinated before the end of the year.
Meanwhile, earlier this week, it was revealed the African Union (AU) intends to buy up to 110 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from Moderna Inc in an arrangement brokered in part by the White House which will defer delivery of some doses intended for the United States to facilitate the deal