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FG begins enforcement of compulsory COVID-19 vaccination across MDAs

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

The Federal Government has concluded plans to commence enforcement of compulsory Coronavirus vaccination for political appointees and civil servants in Ministries, Department, and Agencies (MDAs) under its watch across the country.

It, meanwhile, hinted that plans were also been made to review the country’s current Coronavirus protocol in order to align with global protocols against the pandemic.

These were disclosed on Monday by the Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, while briefing newsmen alongside other members of the committee in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.

Mustapha said that the move to compel all appointees and civil servants in MDAs was basically to flatten the COVID-19 curve in Nigeria particularly to ensure safety across the workplace and at home.

He noted that COVID-19 vaccination exercise had become the most potent strategy for the country to get out of the current situation and go back to its normal lifestyle.

“I call on every eligible person to come out and be vaccinated. 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 around soon. By the second quarter of 2022, we would have received about 52 million doses of the vaccines.

“Efforts are on-going to implement the policy on Vaccine Mandate for all Federal Public Servants. This is to ensure safety in the workplace and at home”, the SGF added.

Mustapha, however, raises concerns over Nigerians flagrant contravention of the COVID-19 protocols laid down by the central government, saying the need to review the protocol 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”.

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