- Earlier, President Muhammadu Buhari approved the vaccine mandate policy, whereby all government employees were required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination
- Following this announcement, Civil servants and the general public without proof of vaccination are currently unable to access government buildings
- Meanwhile, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Wednesday morning, December 1 confirmed the first case of the Omicron Covid variant in the country
Earlier, Boss Mustapha-led presidential steering committee on COVID-19 had announced in October that civil servants without proof of vaccination and negative PCR tests would not be allowed to access government buildings from Wednesday, December 1, 2021.
The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria had however asked the federal government to extend till March next year, today’s deadline for the compulsory vaccination of civil servants, a move which the PSC had described as “impossible”.
Nigeria on Wednesday, December 1, had also reported three cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus disease.
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If you love your jobs, do this now, Buhari's minister warns civil servants across Nigeria
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that the federal government has reminded Nigerian civil servants that the December 1 deadline for COVID-19 vaccination still stands.
This was re-iterated by the minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, on Monday, November 22, during a press briefing in Abuja on vaccination updates.
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.
FG to announce decision on compulsory COVID-19 vaccination for federal workers
In a related development, 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 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.