The governor gave the reason barely 48 hours after the vaccine arrived in the state. Lagos has the highest cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria.
Sanwo-Olu said this at the virtual official unveiling of a tertiary health centre in Lekki, Lagos on Thursday.
He explained that the reason behind his delay was due to the rule that stated that health workers should take first.
He then disclosed that he would receive the doses of the vaccine on Friday. Sanwo-Olu is the Incident Commander of COVID-19 in Lagos.
“I just want to follow the rules. The rules are that the health workers at the frontline should first take it.” Sanwo-Olu speaks on why he is yet to receive the shot of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine.
“So, I am pleading with the Commissioner of Health to be gracious and let me also take. So, they have given me a date, tomorrow (Friday) and I am hoping that they would have started giving it to the health workers,” the governor added.
The governor was quoted in a statement, saying that Lagos State spent billions of naira last year on procurement of health equipment and that the equipment is on the way.
He said, “For us as a government, we have raised our strength on health, especially our capital expenditure on health. We are currently renovating a world-class, six of our general hospitals.
“We are currently building two new general hospitals. We are building a children hospital. We are building an international research centre. All these are meant to complement what we have currently.
“We will also scale up a tertiary health centre, Lagos State Teaching Hospital (LASUTH). We will be discussing with you in the next coming months what we want to turn LASUTH to. All of these are to make healthcare accessible and affordable.
“We are trying to stop medical tourism; people travelling several thousand kilometres to go and secure or get health treatment. With good facilities, we will bring down the total cost of healthcare and provide quality health care.”