The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, on Thursday said the Federal Government would not make COVID-19 vaccination compulsory until there was enough to go round.
This is as he added that vaccination would soon be made compulsory for civil servants.
Mustapha stated this during a meeting with the state’s commissioners for health in Abuja.
He said, “The vaccine mandate will obviously come. Before now, simple yellow fever vaccine, you couldn’t travel without the card until Nigeria exited from the list of endangering countries.
“The world is gravitating towards that direction. By the time the western world vaccinates its people, you won’t be able to get to any of the western countries without the vaccine certificate. It is happening.
“In the EU dispensation now, they have created some waivers for people that have been vaccinated. It is better we begin to prepare our people at home.
“One of the reasons we want to do that with the federal civil servants is because they will be travelling to perform roles on behalf of the Federal Government.
“The United Nations General Assembly will be starting soon. We will need our people to go there. Assuming the American Government says you can’t come into the US unless you are vaccinated and we have not vaccinated our people; how will they go to prepare the ground for the meeting that will be attended by the President and other top government officials?
“It is a sequential thing. We are taking one step at a time. We realised that we don’t have sufficient vaccines; we will not be able to impose such a mandate on an automatic basis until we make sure that the vaccine is available and deployed in appropriate places and people have opportunities to get the vaccines. Then we will now impose the mandatory nature of whether you must have the vaccine or not before you can access government facilities.”