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Lagos vaccinates 2,500 intending pilgrims

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Lagos State Government vaccinated over 2, 500 intending pilgrims in the state against COVID-19 between March 27 – 28.

Commissioner for Home Affairs, Prince Anofiu Elegushi, disclosed this in a chat with newsmen, yesterday.

According to Elegushi, this shows how serious government is going about vaccination in its efforts to stem the pandemic.

“As part of measures to ensure a successful pilgrimage exercise, intending pilgrims were screened both administratively and medically with COVID-19 vaccine administered to screened pilgrims. Over 2, 500 intending pilgrims were vaccinated with the Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine by the Christian and Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Boards in collaboration with the State Ministry of Health. This was in fulfillment of the requirements for gaining entry into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the performance Hajj and Jerusalem Pilgrimages,” he said.

He added that out of the 74 applications received from other Nationals willing to become Nigerian citizens, applicants are from Americans, Lebanese, European countries, among others. This partnership has greatly assisted small scale business owners in Lagos to keep their petty businesses afloat without having to contend with high-interest rates of the big banks, “this activity has contributed to the micro-economic growth of businesses in the state.”

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