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COVID-19: FG mandates evidence of vaccination, PCR test for civil servants by Dec 1

The Federal Government has announced that civil servants must show proof of their COVID-19 vaccination or a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test done within 72 hours to access their workplace starting December 1.

This was disclosed by the Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19 and Secretary of the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha during Wednesday’s briefing of the committee.

“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”, he stated.

According to Mustapha, statistics generated over the last four weeks on testing have shown that the trend of infection is going down in some states while in others, the trajectory is upward.

“The combined total for testing by PCR and RDT now stands at about 3.141, 795 million persons.

“The Aviation authorities in collaboration with the diplomatic sector have made reasonable progress in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Discussions are still on-going with the UAE Authorities to resolve the impasse”, he said.

Mustapha recalled that over several months, four countries were placed on high-level restriction for travellers from such countries, adding that the PSC has after a review of the developments in these countries, decided to remove South Africa, Turkey, and Brazil from the restricted list.

“As you are aware, the UK has eased restrictions on fully vaccinated travellers from Nigeria to the UK with effect from 11th October. Nigeria welcomes this development and assures that the PSC shall continue to review Nigeria’s protocols based on global developments, science and national experience. A revised protocol will be issued in the next 24 hours”, he said.

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