ABUJA – Nigeria will require officials to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test for the disease to access their offices from early December, a presidential committee said on Wednesday.
The presidential committee said unvaccinated officials will be required to present a negative test result carried out within 72 hours before they can access their offices across the country and embassies abroad.
“An appropriate department-wide notice / circular will be issued to guide the process,” said Boss Mustapha, chairman of the Presidential COVID-19 Steering Committee, in a statement.
Nigeria has administered some five million doses of vaccine to its 200 million citizens and is in the process of rolling out millions of additional doses of Moderna and AstraZenecashots received through the COVAX vaccination program for developing countries.
He also has 1.12 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine which he purchased as part of an African Union program and is expected to receive 7.7 million doses of the Sinopharm vaccine via COVAX.
Nigeria, which has not performed numerous tests for COVID-19, has so far recorded 208,153 confirmed infections and 2,756 deaths from the virus.
In May, Nigeria banned travelers from some countries where COVID-19 was spreading rapidly.
The presidential committee said it had decided to remove South Africa, Turkey and Brazil from its travel restricted list following a review of developments in those countries.
Nigeria orders officials to show COVID-19 vaccination or negative test from December
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