By Oluwasikemi Akinniyi
The University of Lagos, Akoka Management brings to the notice of its students that the first and second doses of the Covid-19 vaccine are now available for students at the University Medical Centre, starting today Friday, 25th June 2021 and next week from Wednesday, 30th June, to Friday, 2nd July 2021. Time is 10am to 3pm daily. This message, communicated by the Dean of Student Affairs, Prof. Adeleke Ademola in the early hours of today is coming after the first phase of the vaccination procedure was conducted for students and staff alike at the University Medical Centre exactly a month ago, notice below:
“IMPORTANT NOTICE: COMPLIANCE WITH COVID PROTOCOLS.
In compliance with the recent directive of the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19, all students must comply fully with all protocols outlined in the Guidelines and Regulations for entry into the hostels. Courtesy of the Pro-Chancellor, students can receive the Covid-19 vaccine at the University Medical Centre from Tuesday, 11 May to Tuesday, 25 May 2021 from 10.00am to2.00pm daily.
Following the nation’s effort in combating the widespread deadly COVID-19 virus, the Lagos State Government joined other states of the federation to roll out the first doses of the vaccines on March 12, 2021. As at this time, a large percentage of the state’s teeming twenty-one(21) million population were skeptical about receiving protection in form of a vaccine despite Lagos being the epi-centre of the virus. This hesitation and refusal was linked to factual reported stories of adverse reactions and body contradictions as well as fake news such as “a re-colonization attempt” of vaccination aftermaths in other zones of the world. Three(3) months later after start of the exercise- with the virus fairly at bay but not away, vaccinations are still actively ongoing but sadly, not a very good number of people have been vaccinated.
This line is validated by a statement released by the state’s Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi on June 10, 2021. The Commissioner had disclosed in a post on his Instagram account on the said date that a total of 107,283 persons had received the second dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine in the state with 8,929 of the number, received on that reported date. This is a very low count in comparison with the number of Lagosians eligible for vaccination.
By virtue of it’s situation i.e. location in the state, the school management is not left out in adapting measures geared at trying to curb the virus in its estate. We recall that listed in the conditions for students’ entry into the hostels for the 2nd Semester 2019/2020 session were presentation of at least 20 facemasks which were to be worn in and out of the hostels as well as lecture theatres at all times, a bottle of alcohol-based hand sanitizer of at least 500ml and a signed copy of the student indemnity form asserting charge of full responsibility in case of possible infection.
As of present, large classes are being conducted virtually and laboratory sessions in batches of few numbers. Also, access to certain facilities such as the libraries and financial institutions on campus without facemasks and proper identification is denied. It is clear from this that the University is doing all it can to mitigate the spread of the virus in its capacity with the best interests of her students at heart.
It is in this same vein that the Press Club, UNILAG enjoins that all existing safety protocols should remain maintained for a collective health of all students and staff. Students who were scheduled for the second dose during the first phase are advised to complete the vaccination process and students who haven’t been vaccinated should endeavour to do so for their protection.