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COVID-19: Vaccination not compulsory for civil servants – FG

Central Government has clarified that taking COVID-19 antibody is a decision and not a mandatory exercise, despite the fact that it is normal that each Nigerian ought to get inoculated against the feared COVID-19 infection.

The clarification came against the setting of reactions that followed media reports that compelling December 1 2021, government employees would be relied upon to introduce their antibody cards or hazard not being permitted into their work places.

Leader Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib, at a public interview, yesterday, in Abuja, in any case, explained that government workers were not under commitment to take the antibody, but rather that they should show negative COVID-19 PCR test.

“The Presidential Steering Committee (PSC), on Wednesday, reported mediations to, not just secure the most weak individuals in our general public, however to likewise guarantee that the work place is alright for all residents. Unmistakably, there is loss of usefulness and its effect on financial advancement when laborers can’t come to deal with a customary, and reliable premise because of episodes of an irresistible infection, for example, COVID-19.

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“Following guidance by general wellbeing specialists, the PSC declared that all Federal Government representatives should settle on a decision concerning how they can contribute towards making the workplace COVID without 19. The coherent decision is between taking the antibody and showing the proof or introducing confirmation that one is COVID without 19 by showing a negative PCR test required 72 hours earlier. This arrangement is material to all Federal Government organizations. The choice to deliver the warning was not messed with. It is important for the PSC and Federal Ministry of Health’s mantra to consistently utilize logical proof to settle on choices to serve all Nigerians.”

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On the subject of accessibility of antibodies, he said they had as of now done a far reaching investigation and estimate of COVID-19 immunizations and it was affirmed that there’s sufficient immunizations to cover more than the number of inhabitants in Federal Government workers.

“In view of conveyance estimates from the COVAX office and African Union, Nigeria will have satisfactory antibodies to cover more that 50% of qualified populaces before the finish of the primary quarter of 2022. All together words, kindly don’t stress over the accessibility of immunizations since we have the production network sorted out as of now,” he said.

He likewise clarified that NPHCDA is resolved to increase COVID-19 immunization take-up, and it had set up plans for the foundation of mass inoculation destinations the nation over.

“The goal is to inoculate a high volume of people through enormous locales like government foundations, shopping centers, strict focuses, games, meeting focuses, and showcases and so forth This will require solid cooperation between NPHCDA, state legislatures, strict bodies, school specialists and overseeing groups of shopping centers and enormous games.

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“As we extend the inoculation destinations, we urge all qualified Nigerians to benefit themselves for immunization. We have initiated the method involved with decentralizing COVID-19 immunization in Nigeria, to incorporate private medical services suppliers. This is to grow access and increment use of the immunizations which won’t influence free inoculation strategy.

“We are working with applicable security organizations to make instances of these people who might wish to purchase or sell the cards by naming and disgracing them. We are likewise improving the security components of our immunization cards to restrict frauds,” he said.

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