- As of Thursday, 21 October 2021 data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) shows there are 209, 960 cases have been confirmed in Nigeria
- Lagos, the commercial city of Nigeria, has reported 77,577 cases with 726 deaths, while 3,904 are currently on admission
- The management of banks has therefore ordered all its workers to get vaccinated against the deadly coronavirus disease
Nigerian banks have issued directives mandating workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19, as a prerequisite for gaining access into their various offices.
TheCable reports that at least six financial institutions have instructed their workers to go for vaccination or conduct COVID-19 tests on a bi-weekly basis at personal cost.
The instruction is similar to one issued by the Nigerian government to civil servants.
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Nigerian govt directive
Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), said unvaccinated workers would be barred from entering their places of work from December 1, 2021.
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Mustapha is also the chairman of the presidential steering committee (PSC) on COVID-19.
The circulars read:
“With effect from 1st December 2021, federal government employees shall be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result done within 72 hours, to gain access to their offices, in all locations within Nigeria and our Missions. An appropriate service-wide advisory/circular will be issued to guide the process.”
SGF also added
"Testing statistics generated over the last four weeks have shown that the infection rate is going down in some states, while in others, the trajectory is upward."
The staff of Polaris, Access, Zenith, Union, Eco, and GT banks are also confirming they receive mail from their management on the compulsory vaccination.
The banks' staff were reportedly given two options; get a COVID-19 vaccine jab or present negative coronavirus test results every two weeks.
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This was made clear by the state government through the special assistant to the governor on media and communication, Muyiwa Adekeye.
The state government also announced that visitors must show their vaccination cards or evidence of registration for the vaccine before they can access offices in Kaduna.