- The federal government in a bid to check the spread of the coronavirus, may explore the option of making vaccination mandatory for civil servants
- Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, revealed that the a decision would soon be made known
- According to him, the country will not institute mandatory COVID-19 vaccination right now because there isn't sufficient vaccines
According to Daily Trust, Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, made this known during the meeting of the health commissioners forum with federal ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and health partners in Abuja.
He explained that the mandatory vaccination had become imperative due to the role federal civil servants perform not just within the country but also on behalf of the government, The Nation added.
Mustapha speaking further noted that the federal government would soon announce its decision on the vaccination.
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The SGF said once vaccines are available for everyone the federal government would make vaccination compulsory for every employee in its service.
While noting that other countries have started insisting on compulsory COVID-19 vaccination, Mustapha said the government can't institute the mandatory jab immediately because the country did not have sufficient vaccines at the moment.
Compulsory COVID-19 vaccination: NMA, JOHESU sends message to Buhari's govt
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and health workers under the aegis of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) kicked against the proposed compulsory vaccination for citizens.
On its part, the NMA said Nigerians have the right to reject the vaccines, JOHESU stated that the proposal by the federal government is not logical.
The spokesman of JOHESU, Olumide Akintayo, berated some governors who made COVID-19 vaccination compulsory.
FG considers sanction for Nigerians who refuse to take COVID-19 vaccine
Meanwhile, there are indications that the federal government may sanction eligible Nigerians who refuse COVID-19 vaccination.
The executive director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib, gave the hint in Abuja on Tuesday, August 31.
Shuaib said the government may “apply the basic rule of law” against such people because they will be endangering the lives of other people.