COVID-19 Vaccinaion Mandatory, FG Insists

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The Federal Government made its stand on the mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, especially for civil and public service officers, since the country is facing an increase in death numbers because of the virus.

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The chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, shared his thoughts at its briefing on Monday.

“We are currently seeing some surges in cases in some countries in Europe (especially Eastern Europe) due to under vaccination,” Mustapha said. “What we see in Nigeria right now is that there is an increase in case fatality ratio, which calls for great concern.”

The PSC Chairman also leaned more into mandatory vaccination after seeing the trajectory of the positive cases in the country.

“In our last briefing, we announced the Vaccine Mandate for 1st December 2021,” Mr Mustapha added.

“We are gearing up to further engage with the Nigerian Governors’ Forum to push through the mass vaccination programme and mandate for our citizens.”

He then noted that the vaccination results will need official verification from the government since there are some citizens who have allegedly made fake vaccination cards via the ‘black market.’

“We have received intelligence and even detected that some unscrupulous citizens are procuring vaccination cards through the black market. Let me assure everyone that the vaccination records/certificates will be verified and this should serve as a warning to those criminally minded persons to desist because they will be prosecuted accordingly,” he said.

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