Nigeria is expected to get 52 million doses of vaccinations by the second quarter of 2022, according to the Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha.
Mr Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), said at the PSC’s national briefing in Abuja on Monday:
“The most potent means of getting out of this crisis is through vaccinations, which science and research has brought to us.”
“I urge everyone who is eligible to come out and be vaccinated.”
“Right now, there are a lot of options. We currently have AstraZeneca, Moderna, Johnson and Johnson, and Pfizer is expected to arrive soon. Soon enough, there will be enough immunizations to go around.
We’ll have got roughly 52 million doses of vaccines by the second quarter of 2022,” he said.
“Efforts are ongoing to implement the policy on Vaccine Mandate for all Federal public servants,” the SGF added. This is to ensure that everyone is safe at work and at home.”
Other matters, including travels
On travel, Mr Mustapha added, “We are examining the concepts of reciprocity between Nigeria and other nations to make travel easier for fully vaccinated Nigerians.” For convenience, particularly for those traveling outside of the country.
“The ministries of foreign affairs and aviation will continue to meet with UAE representatives to resolve the issue of Emirates flights between Nigeria and the UAE,” the statement said.
“The safeguarding of Nigerians’ interests remains our top priority.”
The PSC Chairman also stated that the committee will likely reassess present quarantine protocols, as control has been a subject of concern.
“The PSC is concerned about compliance with quarantine protocols in order to maintain control.
To conform with existing worldwide protocols and realities, it has become necessary to examine the protocol.”
“On this point, the PSC will implement a long-term model and policy, which will be announced soon.
To begin with, India has been removed off the list of blacklisted countries due to improvements in the country’s situation,” he added.
He urged health-care employees to end their protest, saying, “On the heels of Mr. President’s action in the health sector,
”I’d want to take this occasion to appeal to our health professionals to think about the health condition in our country and call off their strike while the government investigates all issues that would enhance the system, processes, and welfare.”
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