The National Assembly has expressed its support for the planned mandatory COVID-19 vaccination of public workers in the federal and state civil service.
The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Primary Healthcare and Communicable Diseases, Chukwuka Utazi, told our correspondent in an interview in Abuja on Tuesday that the directive had the full backing of the federal parliament.
He said the nation’s legislature would do everything possible to ensure that no Nigerian rejects vaccination.
He said, “The parliament is not different from the executive because it is the same federal government. We are both concerned about the health of the people and how to prevent unwanted deaths.
“No government will fold its hands and watch some people constituting health risks to others.
“That is why we said if you are a worker and you want to continue to enter government premises, you have to protect yourself.
“If you are against government’s policy meant to safeguard the health of the people, you don’t need to leave your house.
“However, if you are going to the same place with other law-abiding workers, we won’t allow you to endanger their lives.”
The senator said whoever must continue to enter government premises must be vaccinated so as not to engender the lives of others.
He added, “Beyond the non-pharmaceutical approach, we want to be sure that the people are protected against the virus through vaccination.
“We want to vaccinate the people so that we secure our populace. If you check the percentage of those who are vaccinated, compared to the over 200 million population, it is too insignificant for herd immunity.
“Compare to other climes, the percentage of those that have been vaccinated, the figure is too low in Nigeria.”