As many Nigerians have continued to shun vaccination, the Federal Government is now determined to make COVID-19 vaccination compulsory, beginning with public servants at the federal level.
“The Federal Government shall, very shortly, unveil its decision on mandatory vaccination for every employee in its service,” said Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha.
The SGF disclosed this, Thursday, at a meeting between the Federal Government and Commissioners of Health, in Abuja.
He said: “The vaccine mandate obviously will come. Before now, the simple yellow fever vaccine, you could not travel the world without the card, until Nigeria was exited from the list of endemic countries. Therefore, the world is gravitating towards that direction. I can tell you that by the time the Western world vaccinates its people, you can’t get into any of the countries without the vaccine certificate. It has started happening in the European Union. They have created some waivers for people that have been vaccinated. It is better we begin to prepare people at home.”
Vaccine hesitancy could become a great concern as more countries begin to tighten travel regulations by demanding vaccine passports.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.