The Federal Government has ordered all civil servants to receive the COVID-19 vaccine or get barred from their offices from 1 December.
Boss Mustapha, Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, announced this at a briefing of the committee in Abuja on Wednesday.
According to Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, the directive would be applicable in all locations in Nigeria and missions, adding that a circular would be issued to that effect.
He said: “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.”
The PSC Chairman stated that testing statistics generated over the last four weeks have shown that the infection rate is going down in some states, while the trajectory is upward in others.
He also announced that restrictions placed on travellers coming into Nigeria from South Africa, Turkey, and Brazil have been eased.
“Over several months, four countries were placed on high-level restrictions for travellers from such countries. The PSC has, after a review of the developments in these countries, decided to remove South Africa, Turkey, and Brazil from the restricted list,” he said.
He added that the PSC will continue to review Nigeria’s protocols based on global developments, science, and national experience.