Ogun serves notice on vaccine mandate

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Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodu has given a 60-day ultimatum to unvaccinated residents to obtain the COVID-19 vaccines or risk being barred from government offices, schools, markets and public transport.

He handed down the ultimatum during the flag-off of the COVID-19 mass vaccination campaign in Abeokuta, Ogun State where he said the 60-day window would allow unvaccinated residents to take their jabs as part of moves to flatten the curve of the virus.

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The governor said the state targets vaccination of additional two million residents in the newly flagged-off mass vaccination exercise.

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His words: “We are going to give a window to allow for this vaccination exercise and that window starts from today till the next 60 days. Anybody after 60 days that is not vaccinated will not be allowed in our offices, schools.

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“Such person will not be allowed to do business with us. We will chase this person in our markets, you will be required to carry your vaccine cards with you at all times.

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“This is my vaccination card (waving it to the audience) for all those who want to see.

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“If you don’t have a card like this, you will not come to our secretariat, we will not do business with you, we will not allow ‘Okada’ to carry you, we will not allow the taxi to carry you, you will not be allowed in our Market.

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“We will enforce this card, to be forewarned is to be forearmed.”

Abiodun disclosed that the state had increased vaccine centres from 131 to 509 to allow eligible residents to have access to the vaccination.

The Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Faisal Shuaib, disclosed that the Federal Government is targeting the vaccination of 50 per cent eligible population of Nigerians by the end of January 2022.

Shuaib disclosed that as of September 2021, a total of 5,684,939 Nigerians had received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 3,730,937 had been vaccinated with both first and second doses.

He said the figures represented five per cent and 2.8 per cent of the targeted population of 200 million Nigerians.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker, said the state recorded 5,370 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 80 causalities.

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