- The Ondo state government has announced that every adult resident must be vaccinated with effect from two weeks
- Donald Ojogo, the state commissioner for information revealed the directive was given at the State Executive Council meeting
- The state government threatened that anyone who defies the directive would be arrested and prosecuted
Residents of Ondo state have been given a two-week ultimatum to get vaccinated against COVID-19 amid the rising cases of infections across the country.
The Nation reports that the southwest state made the COVID-19 vaccination compulsory in view of the ongoing efforts of the government to contain the spread of the Delta variant of the virus.
According to the state commissioner for information, Donald Ojogo the decision was taken at the State Executive Council meeting held in Akure on Monday, August 30, The Punch added.
Ojogo went on to note that after the expiry date residents will be required to show evidence of vaccination to gain access to churches, mosques, hospitals and other public places.
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The commissioner was quoted as saying:
“Aside existing protocols, all residents must be vaccinated with effect from two weeks from now. After the expiration of this two weeks, evidence of vaccination will be the condition to access public places, churches, mosques. The Head of Service has been mandated to drive this process in the public service.”
FG speaks on lockdown as COVID-19 spike continues in Nigeria
Earlier, the federal government said it was not considering a lockdown despite the rising cases of COVID-19 infections across the country.
The minister of health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said this on Thursday, August 12, at the weekly ministerial briefing held at the State House in Abuja.
Ehanire said the number of cases was not threatening enough for a lockdown to be considered.
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The vaccines were received at the Victor Attah International Airport, Uyo by the commissioner for health, coordinator, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, chairman, Nigerian Medical Association, and other stakeholders in the state's health sector.
Also, the government has placed the state on red alert as it prepares to contain the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic.