13 Days To December 1 Deadline: MDAs Foot-drag Over Compulsory COVID-19 Vaccination For Workers

In respect to the December 1 vaccination deadline for civil servants, goldennewsng.com investigations show there is no memo compelling workers to get vaccinated against coronavirus.

At the ministry of aviation, the civil servants there said vaccine should be voluntary and not mandatory.

One of the civil servants simply identified as Mallam said, “Vaccine is a thing of choice. If you believe in it, you get the vaccine; if you don’t, you forget about it and follow the non-pharmaceutical instructions which include the wearing of face masks and also using hand sanitizer.”

He also stated that there was no memo to officially inform the workers that there will be vaccine mandate from December 1, 2021.

The ministry of transportation is also not different as some of the workers there were not even aware of the deadline.

According to the civil servants there, there is no discussion about a deadline at the ministry at the moment as no one has informed them about it.

They also argued that such directive is to come from the civil service through memo and such memo will be circulated to the staff through the notice board.

Goldennewsng.com recalls that on October 13, 2021, the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID 19, said civil servants would be required to present proof of vaccination or negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests conducted within 72 hours to enable access to offices from December 1, 2021.

The PSC also added that the idea is to encourage staff to take the vaccines which would help Nigeria to achieve herd immunity.

The PSC chairman, Boss Mustapha, had said: “With effect from December 1, 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.”

In some of the educational institutions visited, findings by goldennewsng.com showed that the federal government’s plan to make COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for public servants from December 1, 2021 may have caught some unawares.

Speaking on the efforts to ensure workers get vaccinated at the University of Abuja, Dr Habib Yakoob, the head, information and university relations of the institution, said the management will ensure that staff get vaccinated, adding that the staff members were willing to comply with the order.

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