Nigerian government has ask government employees to choose between taking the COVID-19 vaccine and showing evidence of it or presenting proof that one is COVID-19-free, by showing a negative PCR test taken 72hours prior.
This is coming after the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19 announced interventions to not only protect the most vulnerable people in the society, but to also ensure that the work place is safe for all citizens.
The Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) Dr. Faisal Shuaib disclosed this on Thursday at a media briefing in Abuja to give an update on the COVID-19 vaccination in the country.
According to him there is loss of productivity and its impact on socio-economic development when workers are unable to come to work on a regular and consistent basis due to outbreaks of an infectious disease such as COVID-19.
He said this provision is applicable to all Federal Government institutions adding that the decision to release this advisory was not taken lightly as he says it is part of the PSC and Federal Ministry of Health’s mantra to always use scientific evidence to make decisions for the benefit of all Nigerians.
On the question of availability of vaccines, Dr. Faisal said they have already done a comprehensive analysis and forecast of COVID-19 vaccines adding that they have enough vaccines to cover more than the population of Federal Government employees and they are expecting even much more.
He said based on delivery forecasts from the COVAX facility and the African Union, Nigeria will have adequate vaccines to cover more than 50% of eligible populations by the end of the first quarter of 2022.
He urge Nigerians not to worry about the availability of vaccines, stating that they have the supply chain figured out.
Dr. Shuaib further said that they are cognizant of the fact that some unscrupulous elements wants to get the card and not the jab.
He said they are working with relevant security agencies to make examples of these individuals who may wish to buy or sell the cards by naming and shaming them.
He added that they are also enhancing the
Security features of their vaccination cards in order to limit forgeries.