- Civil servants in Nigeria have been warned by the federal government to get vaccinated on or before Wednesday, December 1
- The stern warning came from the minister of health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, on Monday, November 22
- Dr. Ehanire stated that getting vaccinated increases the chances of survival even when infected with the virus
The federal government has reminded Nigerian civil servants that the December 1 deadline for COVID-19 vaccination still stands.
Dr. Ehanire noted that while those who love their jobs have been vaccinated, some other persons have refused to adhere to this preventive step given by the government.
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The minister explained that records and antecedents have proven that vaccinated persons stand a chance of surviving when infected with the pandemic, unlike those who are yet to take the jab.
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“There’s a deadline already set and we are hoping that it will encourage those civil servants who love their jobs and are yet to take the COVID-19 vaccine to take the jab for their own good.
"The reason is that there’s evidence that supports the fact that if you are fully vaccinated, the effect of COVID-19 won’t be much on you.
"But that is not the same with unvaccinated people. There are higher chances of survival if a fully vaccinated person comes down with COVID-19."
FG to announce decision on compulsory COVID-19 vaccination for federal workers
Meanwhile, the government on Thursday, September 2, revealed that it was making plans towards making COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for federal civil servants.every employee in its service.
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.