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Update: Civil servants in Abuja queue to get their COVID-19 vaccine jab after they were locked out of office

Civil servants in Abuja on Wednesday rushed to get their COVID-19 vaccine jab, after being barred from the federal secretariat in Abuja.

Members of the civil service and the general public without proof of vaccination and negative PCR tests were being prevented from accessing government buildings in Abuja.

In October, Boss Mustapha-led presidential steering committee on COVID-19 had stated that that civil servants without proof of vaccination and negative PCR tests would not be allowed to access government buildings from December 1, 2021.

Despite the appeal from the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria to extend the deadline till March next year, the PSC has stood its ground, as unvaccinated workers were barred by security operatives.

As a result, such workers rushed to get vaccinated to enable them to gain access to their offices.

In the meantime, the total number of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 confirmed in Nigeria is now three, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said on Wednesday.

NCDC Director-General, Dr Ifedayo Adetifa, who confirmed this in a statement explained that the agency had conducted case and genomic surveillance for inbound international travellers arriving in the country at its National Reference Laboratory (NRL) in Abuja, and a network of other testing laboratories.

He stated that sequencing of samples from COVID-19 positive inbound travellers was conducted in laboratories with sequencing capacity in the country while all the sequencing data were shared in publicly accessible databases.

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