Lagos State: E-Registration is mandatory for getting Covid-19 Vaccine

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Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, has stressed the need for citizens, who fit into Phase One of the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination exercise, to register on the dedicated self-registration portal before visiting anyone of the 88 designated sites, noting that e-registration is now a mandatory protocol in the vaccination process in Lagos State.

Abayomi spoke after reviewing the modalities for the implementation of the vaccination campaign, stating that eligible persons for the first phase of the exercise are expected to pre-register on or and fill the electronic form with their personal details, preferred vaccination site, date and time.

Prof. Abayomi added that qualified persons should pre-register 24 to 48 hours before their intended date of vaccination, noting that the procedure is geared towards ensuring a vaccination exercise that is efficient, swift, seamless and devoid of delay or overcrowding at the listed sites.

“We encourage all Lagosians hoping to be vaccinated, according to the qualification criteria for Phase One, to strictly utilise the pre-registration portal provided by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and get a scheduled vaccination appointment before visiting the vaccination site as scheduled”, Abayomi said.

He explained that after successful pre-registration, a vaccination ID will be generated by the portal with a confirmation text message and an email sent to each of the enrollees who are qualified to get the vaccine.

In a statement by the commissioner for Health in Lagos state : “The generated pre-registration ID, confirmation text message and a valid means of Identification are the only guarantee that an eligible person, who fits into Phase One of the vaccination exercise, would be attended to when they visit any of the 88 vaccination sites as scheduled, to get the COVID vaccines”, the Commissioner explained.

While frowning at the report that suggested citizens who do not fit into Phase One of the vaccination campaign are daily crowding the sites to get vaccinated, Abayomi warned such people to stay clear of the locations, adding that the State government will no longer tolerate any action that is inimical to the success of the vaccination campaign.

Abayomi assured Lagosians saying, “We will, in the long-run, vaccinate everybody and we plan to move from Phase One to other phases as quickly as we can. But citizens need to support our quest to successfully implement this exercise by adhering strictly to our guidelines and instructions. We cannot do this on our own and this is why we are appealing to Lagosians to stay the course and stick to the guidelines which we have set out. These guidelines are for the overall public good and we will ensure its full implementation in the interest of our citizens”.

Restating that the electronic registration portal is open to the public, the Commissioner cautioned that ONLY eligible participants within Phase One should register for the vaccination now, stressing that the information on the vaccination of other participants in Phases Two to Four will be released subsequently.

“We have decided that pre-registration must be done before anyone can visit the vaccination sites. Our vaccination teams have been informed and mandated to attend only to eligible persons with a registration ID, confirmation text message and valid means of identification. I, therefore, implore persons who are eligible to take part in Phase One of the exercise to ensure they fulfil these criteria before visiting our sites”, Abayomi stated.

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