NMA, Health Workers Differ As FG Plans Ban On Unvaccinated Workers

The Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19,  Boss Mustapha, has said Federal Government workers without proof of  COVID-19 vaccination or test results done within 72 hours will be denied access to their offices starting from December 1.

Mustapha, who spoke at the committee briefing on yesterday in Abuja, said the directive would be applicable in all locations in Nigeria and missions, adding that a circular would be issued to that effect.

The Nigerian Medical Association and virologists, in separate interviews supported government order.

The Federal Government had on August 31 hinted that it might sanction anybody who refused to take COVID-19 vaccines after they had been made available to all Nigerians.

The Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Faisal Shuaib, who gave the hint of possible sanctions, said those who refused to take the vaccines would be endangering others.

Also on September 3, Mustapha during a meeting with the commissioners for health in Abuja, said the vaccines would be made compulsory for civil servants.

He said other countries were making the vaccine certificate a requirement for international travels.

The SGF disclosed that as from December 1, civil servants without proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results would not be allowed to enter their offices.

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