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Covid-19 Surge: Nigeria may bar unvaccinated person from govt facilities

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Nigeria may consider barring unvaccinated person from accessing government facilities, among other measures, if the COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy being witnessed continues.

The government may take the decision if the government did not notice any significant improvement after the ongoing enlightenment and engagement across the country.

The Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Faisal Shuaib, had said the government might enforce the law against those who refuse COVID-19 vaccination.

The Edo State Government had already started barring government workers without COVID-19 vaccination certificates from accessing government buildings.

When asked on Friday if the Federal Government was also considering such step, the Secretary to the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, Mukhtar Muhammed it would be considered if it became necessary.

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“We don’t have such plans but if it becomes necessary, it is something that can be considered.

“There is a lot of mobilisation going on. We have community engagement in all the states where the communities and traditional leaders are engaged.

“We will continue to persuade people through all available means to make sure that people would realise the need and take the vaccines by themselves. For now, there is no plan to do that.”

Nigeria has so far fully vaccinated about 1.6 percent of its population since it commence the Covid-19 vaccition across the country.

The NPHCDA said 4.37 million Nigerians have taken their first dose of the Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines, while 1,764,649 of the initial four million had taken their second doses.

As of September 18, 2021, no fewer than 201,630 confirmed cases had been reported in Nigeria with a total of 2,654 fatalities, with 190,288 cases discharged.

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