Why FG ordered mandatory vaccination of civil servants, by Mustapha
The Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, yesterday, clarified that ongoing efforts to implement the policy on vaccine mandate for federal civil servants was to ensure safety in the workplace and homes.
Also, in a bid to ease travels for fully vaccinated citizens, the Federal Government is exploring the principle of reciprocity between Nigeria and other nations. It has, therefore, advised Nigerians to always carry their vaccination card details or barcode on electronic devices for easy access, especially those travelling outside the country.
PSC Chairman and Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, who spoke yesterday in Abuja at the body’s briefing, pointed out that global COVID-19 cases have declined to four million weekly, warning though that “the situation calls for caution because we are not out of the woods yet.”
He observed that Africa, and Nigeria in particular, have continued to record rising cases and deaths, explaining that the trend could be reversed if people adhere strictly to the non-pharmaceutical interventions.
While admitting that people are fatigued, he advised Nigerians to collaborate against the virus for swift restoration of normalcy.
The SGF pointed out that the most potent way of getting out of this situation “is through vaccines”, calling on every eligible person to go for vaccination.
He said: “There are various choices now. We have AstraZeneca, Moderna, Johnson and Johnson and we expect Pfizer to be delivered very soon. There will be enough vaccines to go round soon. By the second quarter of 2022, we would have received about 52 million doses.”
According to him, the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Aviation will continue to dialogue with representatives of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to resolve the Emirates flights imbroglio.
“Compliance with protocols laid down for quarantine to ensure control remains a source of worry to the PSC. The need to review the protocols has become expedient to align with existing global protocols and realities,” he added.
On this note, the PSC will adopt a sustainable model and policy that will be unveiled soon. To begin with, India has been removed from the list of flagged countries in view of improved situation in that country,” he added.
In his speech, Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, confirmed reports of new coronavirus mutations in some countries, hence Nigeria needed to monitor and respond appropriately.
He said points of entry, including land and sea borders, are to be more properly manned to check importation of the mutated variants.
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