In curbing the third wave of Coronavirus in the country, the Nigerian Government has vowed to make COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for federal civil servants.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, made this known at a meeting of the Health Commissioners forum on Thursday in Abuja.
According to Mustapha, the reason for the compulsory vaccination of civil servants is that they sometimes travel abroad to represent Nigeria.
He stated that the government is being proactive in case some countries ban unvaccinated persons from entering their countries.
He said: “You should, in the course of this meeting, deliberate on the challenges caused by vaccine hesitancy all over the country. It is expected that you will come with policy alternatives as solutions.
“Let me state, however, that the federal government shall, very shortly, unveil its decision on mandatory vaccination for every employee in its service.
“One of the reasons why we want to do that with the federal civil service is because they will be travelling on behalf of the nation.
“Assuming the American government said, ‘you can’t come into their country unless you’re vaccinated’, you have to be vaccinated.
“It’s a sequential thing and we are taking one step at a time because we realise we don’t have sufficient vaccines in the country at the moment.”
Naija News reports that Mustapha is the chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 (PSC).