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COVID-19: FG mulls sanctions against Nigerians who reject vaccination

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The Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, has said that the Federal Government is considering sanctions against Nigerians who endanger the lives of others by refusing COVID-19 vaccination.

Mr Shuaib disclosed this on Tuesday in Abuja while briefing newsmen about COVID-19 vaccination, as contained in a statement from the Agency.

The statement said: “The Presidential Steering Committee and the Federal Ministry of Health are exploring ways of making vaccines more available to all Nigerians including federal civil servants and corporate entities and upon the availability of the vaccines, we would need to have a frank discussion about justice, fairness, and liberty that exist around vaccine hesitancy.

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“If some individuals refuse to take the vaccine, hence endangering those who have or those who could not due to medical exemptions, then we have to apply the basic rule of law which stipulates that your human right stops where mine begins. So, you have a right to refuse vaccines, but you do not have the right to endanger the health of others.”

Mr Shuaib, therefore, called on governors to provide leadership in mobilizing citizens and encourage them to participate in the vaccination exercise.

On the second phase of the vaccination exercise, the NPHCDA Boss saidthat, for clients who have not had any vaccination, the Moderna vaccine is available and is being administered currently in all designated health facilities in the country.

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He said the second phase of the COVID-19 vaccination has commenced in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The NPHCDA boss called on those who received the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine before 8th July 2021 to go for their second dose to be fully protected against all strains of the coronavirus.

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