Lagos Assembly to amend 2020 COVID-19 Bill to regulate vaccine administration

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The Lagos State House of Assembly has resolved to amend the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic Bill to reflect the regulation of the administration of the vaccines in the state.

The assembly passed the resolution through voice votes, following a motion moved by the Chairman, Ad Hoc Committee on Health, Mr Hakeem Sokunle in Lagos on Monday.

The house said the importance of the recall of the bill earlier passed by the assembly was to reflect the regulation of the administration of the vaccines.

It said it would also regulate administration of the vaccines by both private and public hospitals in the state.

Moving the motion, Sokunle said there was need for the assembly to amend the coronavirus bill earlier passed to regulate its vaccines in the state as people had allegedly started buying different vaccines for the purpose.

“We need to regulate the administration of the vaccines in order to avert futuristic health challenges that may occur as a result of these vaccines,” he said.

In his contribution, Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti-Osa Constituency II) said there was a general knowledge that the only solution to the pandemic was the vaccine and as a result, everyone would be bringing different vaccines into the state.

Yishawu said this should be regulated because there were conditions that must be observed to preserve the vaccines. “We all know that the pandemic has affected the entire world and the solution to the ravaging effect of this is the vaccine. “Some people are allegedly bringing in the vaccine.

“But, it has to be regulated and controlled. This vaccine has conditions that must be observed for preservation. It is very important because of the new variants of the virus.

“In Nigeria, these have to be controlled. I will suggest that we recall the bill to ensure that the administration of the vaccine is brought in,” he said.

The Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa embraced the motion of the prime mover on the need to regulate administration of the vaccine by private and public hospitals.

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