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COVID-19: Last Minute Rush As FG Set To Bar Unvaccinated Workers Tomorrow by BeeBeeOoh(m): 1:06pm On Nov 30, 2021
Hundreds of federal civil servants especially in Abuja are rushing to hospitals and designated centres to take the COVID-19 vaccine ahead of tomorrow’s deadline, Daily Trust reports.

This is in the wake of the ravaging effect of another COVID-19 variant named Omicron, which puts the world on red alert as many countries contemplate closing their borders and restricting movements.

The federal government had months ago announced that workers who were yet to receive the COVID-19 vaccine will be denied access into government offices from tomorrow, December 1, 2021.

Our correspondents who went round Abuja saw hundreds of civil servants rushing to get the jab as many centres recorded a high influx of civil servants.

An anonymous source at the Federal Secretariat vaccination centre said many people were rushing to be vaccinated.

“So far, we have been able to vaccinate dozens of civil servants and their family members with the Astrazeneca and Modena today. Also, we have been able to administer the second round of the COVID-19 vaccine to many people today. The second jab is administered eight weeks after the first jab,” the health worker said.

Long way to go

Daily Trust could not get the verifiable data of workers under the employ of the federal government with a credible source saying while some workers were being retired, others are dead and the speed at which replacements were being carried out was slow.

“It will be difficult to tell you the exact number of civil servants…It will not be easy because of ongoing replacements, new recruitments, deaths and all that. So, I don’t think if you will get the exact number of civil servants that have been vaccinated against COVID-19,” he said.

Also, the Director Communication, Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (OHoCSF), Malam Abdulganiyu Aminu, said they could not be specific on the actual number of civil servants vaccinated, especially for the fact that the exercise was ongoing.

In an interview with one of our correspondents, he said, “But reports reaching us from the various vaccination centres are encouraging. Many civil servants are responding to the call to get vaccinated.”

The Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaibu, had said that as of November 26, a total of 6,242,224 Nigerians had received the first dose of COVID-19.

He also said 3,487,298 Nigerians had received their second dose and therefore fully vaccinated.

This meant only 1.7 per cent of the total population target of 111,776,503 has been vaccinated.

The federal government had last Friday ordered federal workers from Grade Level 12 and below to resume normal duty effective from Wednesday, December 1.

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoCSF), Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, gave the order in a circular with ref. no: HCSF/3065/Vol.1/107 dated November 26, 2021.

She recalled that as part of the measures to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 Pandemic, officers on GL 12 and below were directed to work from home.

She, however, said President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the Vaccine Mandate Policy, which would require all federal government employees to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

Also, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman, Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha, had announced that all federal workers would be barred from office from December 1, unless they showed proofs of their vaccination against the coronavirus.

Speaking with Daily Trust on Monday in Abuja, some of the federal workers expressed mixed feelings about the development.

While some of them said it was good that the government made the COVID-19 vaccination mandatory in the interest of the nation, few others said it violated their fundamental rights.

“I am happy that the government has made it mandatory for workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19,” a worker with the ministry of power, said.

“It is sad that we don’t trust our government because from the look of things, millions of Nigerians are not willing to take the jab and this is dangerous.

“Look at how the variant is mutating! Look at the Omicron that is ravaging the world. Government must deploy all the resources it has to ensure that all Nigerians are vaccinated not only civil servants. The civil servants are a fraction of the over 200m people in the country. It is saddening that up till now less than 2 per cent have been vaccinated. We are sitting on a time bomb,” he said.

“I hope the government is not using style to embark on workers retrenchment”, another worker with the ministry of education, said.

“Some of us have not been vaccinated and I need to be convinced that I would be fine after taking it. We need serious sensitisation because some people alleged that they took ill after taking the jab,” he said.

Daily Trust reports that as of Monday, November 29, Nigeria’s COVID-19 infection toll stood at 214,092; active cases at 3,862; total discharged cases at 207, 254; and the death toll at 2,976.

FG to review travels, other protocols over Omicron variant

As the world’s attention shifts to the new COVID-19 variant Omicron, the federal government said that it will review Nigeria’s travel and other protocols to curtail the entry or spread of the disease.

SGF Boss Mustapha said this on Monday in Abuja at the national briefing of the committee.

Mustapha said, “The world has been hit with a new COVID-19 Variant of Concern called Omicron as announced by the World Health Organisation (WHO). This variant is potentially dangerous and Nigerians and residents are required to exercise extra caution and vigilance in practice and enforcement of preventive measures.

“As the DG WHO stated today, the emergence of the highly-mutated Omicron variant underlines just how perilous and precarious our situation is. South Africa and Botswana should be thanked for detecting, sequencing and reporting this variant, not penalised,” he said.

He said that the PSC was reviewing the situation around the world and putting in place measures to curtail the impact of the variant on the country and that the new travel protocols would cover travels, testing, enforcement, surveillance and risk communication.

The SGF also said that the impasse on the Nigeria-UAE flights had been resolved in the interest of both parties.

“A date for the commencement of flights between the two countries will be announced in due course,” he said.

We should resist unscientific travel restrictions - Ramaphosa

Speaking elsewhere on the debate on restricting movement, South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa has said that the world needed to resist unjustified and unscientific COVID-19 travel restrictions that mostly hurt developing nations.

Ramaphosa said his country was being punished for its advanced ability to detect new variants early, as bans and restrictions threaten to harm tourism and other sectors.

“We need to resist unjustified and unscientific travel restrictions that are damaging the economies and sectors of the economies that rely on travel,” Ramaphosa said during a speech at the opening of the China-Africa Summit in Dakar.

“There is a world order where a country’s wealth is the difference between sickness and health,” he added. Senegal’s President, Macky Sall, who was hosting the summit, replied that Africa was in solidarity with South Africa and Africa “Will not close its doors to South Africa.”

Lagos airport, others on high alert

Our correspondent in Lagos reports that the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) had alerted relevant agencies in charge of health screening of inbound passengers at all international airports in the country.

Daily Trust learnt that officials had ramped up medical checks of passengers at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, which is the busiest entry point into the country.

Sources told our correspondent that the Airport Manager at Lagos Airport was directed to summon an emergency meeting of all relevant agencies in charge of health checks at the airport.

The intent, it was learnt, was to impress on every stakeholder to be on high alert to detect any passenger.

It was learnt that authorities at other international airports like the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja; Malam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano; Port Harcourt International Airport, Rivers and Enugu International Airports have been put on high alert to prevent the importation of the new variant into the country.

General Manager, Corporate Communications of FAAN, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, in a chat with our correspondent confirmed the development.

AfDB Investment Forum postponed

Also, following consultations with the Government of Côte d’Ivoire and the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), the 2021 Africa Investment Forum, which was scheduled for December 1-3, 2021, in Abidjan, has been postponed until further notice.

The President of AfDB, Dr Akinwunmi Adesina said: “The Africa Investment Forum is the premier investment marketplace for Africa. Several billion dollars of investment projects were scheduled for investment board rooms with project sponsors and investors at this edition of the Africa Investment Forum. Unfortunately, with rising global travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 Omicron variant and heightened concerns for health and safety, it is necessary, regrettably, to postpone the event. The health and safety of everyone come first.”

Similarly, the German Biotechnology Company, BioNTech, which manufactures vaccines, has started the development of a new COVID-19 vaccine that aims to combat the Omicron variant.

This was made known by the BioNTech spokesperson yesterday saying that to avoid wasting time, the company was developing an updated vaccine as well as testing its existence shot pending when the data is available.

The vaccine manufacturer, which partners with US giant, Pfizer on COVID-19 vaccines, is reported to have said that it had initiated the development of an adapted vaccine for Omicron to allow it to move forward quickly.

https://dailytrust.com/covid-19-last-minute-rush-as-fg-bars-unvaccinated-workers-tomorrow

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Re: COVID-19: Last Minute Rush As FG Set To Bar Unvaccinated Workers Tomorrow by WibusJaga: 1:25pm On Nov 30, 2021


Can any sensible person tell me why the vaccine should be made mandatory or why one should be denied certain rights for not taking it?
From what I heard, the vaccine doesn't stop one from contracting Covid-19 but only possibly reduces the severity.
So what risk does the Unvaccinated people pose to the Vaccinated people?
It's as if these people feel they are being used as experimental Guinea pigs for this controversial vaccine & therefore want to forcefully drag as many people as possible into the experiment. SMH.

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Re: COVID-19: Last Minute Rush As FG Set To Bar Unvaccinated Workers Tomorrow by Sunofgod(m): 1:29pm On Nov 30, 2021
Mark of the beast..... grin

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Re: COVID-19: Last Minute Rush As FG Set To Bar Unvaccinated Workers Tomorrow by slivertongue: 1:30pm On Nov 30, 2021
To start with is the covid19 vaccine safe?

Govt is always looking for ways to scam the people especially this moribund APC govt of the blind leading the one eyed...

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Re: COVID-19: Last Minute Rush As FG Set To Bar Unvaccinated Workers Tomorrow by Burger01(m): 1:41pm On Nov 30, 2021
Vaccination should be a thing of choice angry

People that are working in high risk jobs should be encouraged to get vaccinated.

Naija wahala too much.. angry

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Re: COVID-19: Last Minute Rush As FG Set To Bar Unvaccinated Workers Tomorrow by FarahAideed: 1:42pm On Nov 30, 2021
Watch as desperate Nigerians will start bribing to take the poison just to survive ..

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Re: COVID-19: Last Minute Rush As FG Set To Bar Unvaccinated Workers Tomorrow by othermen: 1:42pm On Nov 30, 2021
We have immunoligists here in Nigeria and I wonder what they are up to?

Why haven't I seen a paper explaining why the casualties of the COVID 19 pandemic is significantly low in Africa?

It is a fact that it is low. As a direct witness, to the recklessness of Nigerians during the peak of the pandemic, I saw medical doctors without face masks or without any such protective measure, interact with the older populations with pre-existing conditions... and those folks are today, well and alive.

I have seen old people without face-mask, eat the virus as though they are eating Amala or Tuwo Shinkafa with Oha soup, and they are fine. However, it finally becomes a mandate that we take the vaccine, when somewhat our immune system had protected us thus far and continues to protect us.

Make no mistake, 90% of what we consume is from the developed nations, they can get to us if they have ulterior motives... so I am not suggesting they have ulterior motives, as from birth, many of us got the polio vaccine, most of our drugs are produced by those making the vaccines... but my objection is, why their is no quest or inquest to understanding why the casualty is very low in Africa and Nigeria and allowing that to be the basis of such a remarkable decision.

Most people don't know a single individual who died as a result of the virus, yet they are expected to modify their immune system and make it so called '' stronger or equipped '' to fight the virus. We have heard of people that have died abroad of the virus despite the vaccine. In fact, now and then, they have to get booster shots and countless doses.

We should not always be consumers... I believe that getting the vaccine should be by choice or at the very least, should be scientific and those identified as being at risk of pre-existing conditions that are susceptible to the grim of the virus, should certainly take the vaccine. ... it is sad that there is no science that supports the decision, but there is science that supports contrary.

For years, people died of Ebola virus here in Africa, no one mandated western nations to take the Ebola vaccine.

So the facts, with the vaccine, you can still get the virus, the vaccine is just meant to reduce the severity of the virus just in case, you are symptomatic.

With the vaccine, you can still transfer or infect another with the virus... but so far, we have been pretty fine in Africa despite the grim prediction when they created the virus and exported it to the rest of the world.

Again, let our immunologists get to work in Nigeria, and contribute to the discussion. We shouldn't just be consumers and sheeps perhaps led to the slaughter. Our immunologists should do researches and to find out that we already have herd immunity and we are fine, but could recommend certain people get the vaccine, while anyone willing to, make it available for such.

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Re: COVID-19: Last Minute Rush As FG Set To Bar Unvaccinated Workers Tomorrow by haconjy(m): 1:42pm On Nov 30, 2021
Rubbish

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Re: COVID-19: Last Minute Rush As FG Set To Bar Unvaccinated Workers Tomorrow by Giftedprof: 1:42pm On Nov 30, 2021
Another opportunity for some people to "hammar".

Welcome to Nigeria!

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Re: COVID-19: Last Minute Rush As FG Set To Bar Unvaccinated Workers Tomorrow by nairaman66(m): 1:42pm On Nov 30, 2021
This is pure nonsense! The government should as a matter of urgency tackle poverty in land. Nor be who eat go fit take vaccine !!

The idea behind this rush to take vaccines is suspecting! The vaccines doesn’t work in the first place!! So every time there is a strain, people will take a new vaccine, isnt this a way to modify your rNA and turn you completely to an animal? Human beings are now the new lab rats!!

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Re: COVID-19: Last Minute Rush As FG Set To Bar Unvaccinated Workers Tomorrow by haconjy(m): 1:42pm On Nov 30, 2021
I can bet it with my life, it can never be possible...

Even if it happen, some days will be okay, and I promise all will be violated by even the leader

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Re: COVID-19: Last Minute Rush As FG Set To Bar Unvaccinated Workers Tomorrow by gost: 1:42pm On Nov 30, 2021
Typical, Nigerians will always wait until the rush hour before doing the right thing.
Vaccine resistance is not a new thing, it has always been there, however the conspiracy theory about this vaccine being anti christ, Mark of the beast etc is folly and laudable because we have all have been vaccinated be it Tatanus, polio, BCG etc.

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Re: COVID-19: Last Minute Rush As FG Set To Bar Unvaccinated Workers Tomorrow by haconjy(m): 1:42pm On Nov 30, 2021
Stupidcious government with no sense of thinking not to talk of implications..

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Re: COVID-19: Last Minute Rush As FG Set To Bar Unvaccinated Workers Tomorrow by haconjy(m): 1:43pm On Nov 30, 2021
Impossible
Re: COVID-19: Last Minute Rush As FG Set To Bar Unvaccinated Workers Tomorrow by aziaka111(m): 1:43pm On Nov 30, 2021
I can never take this stuff

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Re: COVID-19: Last Minute Rush As FG Set To Bar Unvaccinated Workers Tomorrow by ComradeShegs(m): 1:43pm On Nov 30, 2021
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Re: COVID-19: Last Minute Rush As FG Set To Bar Unvaccinated Workers Tomorrow by lightwind(m): 1:44pm On Nov 30, 2021
Nawaooo...

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Re: COVID-19: Last Minute Rush As FG Set To Bar Unvaccinated Workers Tomorrow by tolakush92(m): 1:44pm On Nov 30, 2021
I'll never never take that shi

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Re: COVID-19: Last Minute Rush As FG Set To Bar Unvaccinated Workers Tomorrow by tofolo(m): 1:44pm On Nov 30, 2021
Nigerians and last minute decisions. cry
Re: COVID-19: Last Minute Rush As FG Set To Bar Unvaccinated Workers Tomorrow by HEAVEN4444: 1:44pm On Nov 30, 2021
grin
Re: COVID-19: Last Minute Rush As FG Set To Bar Unvaccinated Workers Tomorrow by Sabadon(m): 1:44pm On Nov 30, 2021
You see this vaccine thing ehnnnn.....make i no talk

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Re: COVID-19: Last Minute Rush As FG Set To Bar Unvaccinated Workers Tomorrow by BABANGBALI: 1:45pm On Nov 30, 2021
Why are they rushing? The federal government can’t do nada. No be this Nigeria again?

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Re: COVID-19: Last Minute Rush As FG Set To Bar Unvaccinated Workers Tomorrow by Sholaco: 1:45pm On Nov 30, 2021
I took the vaccine and covid still nearly kill me, this was after been vaccinated o. Thank to God almighty, azitromacyn, zinc, vitamin c, ginger, garlic, lemon...

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Re: COVID-19: Last Minute Rush As FG Set To Bar Unvaccinated Workers Tomorrow by Authoreety: 1:45pm On Nov 30, 2021
Thunda faya FG

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Re: COVID-19: Last Minute Rush As FG Set To Bar Unvaccinated Workers Tomorrow by KingAzari: 1:46pm On Nov 30, 2021
Way To Go As A Fully Vaccinated Homo sapiensThat I am.
Re: COVID-19: Last Minute Rush As FG Set To Bar Unvaccinated Workers Tomorrow by NGArmyTerrorist: 1:47pm On Nov 30, 2021
The Xenophobia country that took the vaccine mercilessly are now coming out with a more dangerous covid called Omicron! Africa was used to test-run European and Asian drugs and the result is showing up small small.

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Re: COVID-19: Last Minute Rush As FG Set To Bar Unvaccinated Workers Tomorrow by bigdammyj: 1:47pm On Nov 30, 2021
Noted
Re: COVID-19: Last Minute Rush As FG Set To Bar Unvaccinated Workers Tomorrow by KingAzari: 1:47pm On Nov 30, 2021
Sholaco:
I took the vaccine and covid still nearly kill me, this was after been vaccinated o. Thank to God almighty, azitromacyn, zinc, vitamin c, ginger, garlic, lemon...

Nearly because you were fully vaccinated. Could have been worse without it.

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Re: COVID-19: Last Minute Rush As FG Set To Bar Unvaccinated Workers Tomorrow by revived: 1:47pm On Nov 30, 2021
Won ti yawayray
Re: COVID-19: Last Minute Rush As FG Set To Bar Unvaccinated Workers Tomorrow by asobo1: 1:48pm On Nov 30, 2021
Nonsense

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