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COVID-19 vaccine: Civil servants queue at NPHCDA to beat PSC deadline

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HUNDREDS of civil servants lined up on Wednesday to get a COVID-19 vaccine to meet up with the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) deadline.

  Security operatives at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja, ensured that civil servants without proof of vaccination or negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), test, were barred from accessing their offices.

 It was observed that some civil servants queued up at the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) vaccination centres opposite the Federal ministries of Health and Education to get vaccinated.

  Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, had in October announced that civil servants without COVID-19 vaccination certificates would be barred from their offices as from December 1, 2021.

He added that civil servants who refuse vaccination would have no choice but to present negative PCR tests every 72 hours.

  At the Federal Secretariat on Wednesday morning, it was observed that security operatives took over major entrances and only workers who presented vaccination certificates and negative COVID-19 PCR tests were allowed access.

The PSC chairman noted that there were enough vaccines in the country to go round at the moment, while urging Nigerians to take the opportunity to get vaccinated.

Some civil servants expressed satisfaction with the exercise, describing it as a welcome development.

  Recall that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), on Wednesday morning, confirmed the first case of the Omicron variant in the country.

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