Coronavirus vaccination to become prerequisite for Nigerian workers to gain access to offices

The Nigerian Government has declared that effective from December vaccination against coronavirus will become a prerequisite for all its workers in gaining access into their various offices

 Penpushing reports that Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on coronavirus, Boss Mustapha, made the declaration at a  briefing on Wednesday, emphasising that workers will be required to show proof of coronavirus vaccination or present a negative PCR result to gain access to their offices.

‘With effect from 1st December, 2021, Federal Government employees shall be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result done within 72 hours, to gain access to their offices, in all locations within Nigeria and our Missions,” he said.

Penpushing further reports that, Mustapha pointed out that appropriate service wide circular will be issued to guide the process, adding that in related development, the aviation authorities in collaboration with the diplomatic sector have made reasonable progress in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The committee boss said the Minister of Aviation had earlier  presented the position of African countries on Vaccine Passport which some economic blocks and countries wish to impose, for travel purposes.

Penpushing also reports that, he stated that, this is because African countries have found it difficult to access the vaccines for their citizens in sufficient numbers, adding that the committee   has decided to remove South Africa Turkey, and Brazil from the list of countries where travellers were restricted from arriving.

The Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC), it is recalled had on September 2, 2021, said the coronavirus vaccination will be compulsory for federal civil servants once vaccines are available for everyone.

Penpushing reports that, Mustapaha explained that one of the reasons for compulsory vaccination of civil servants is because they will be travelling on behalf of the nation, adding that  the United Kingdom  government has eased restrictions on fully vaccinated travellers from Nigeria to the country  with effect from 11th October, 2021.

The Committee Chairman said Nigeria welcomes this development and assured that the committee shall continue to review the country’s protocols based on global developments, science and national experience.

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