FG May Compel Nigerians To Take COVID-19 Vaccines As 3rd Rise

Joseph Bakare

The Federal Government may decide to compel Nigerias to take the COVID-19 vaccines following report of rise occasioned by the third wave of the infections.

The Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Faisal Shuaib, dropped the warning in Abuja on Tuesday, stressing that Government may “apply the basic rule of law” against such people because they will be endangering the lives of other people.

Shuaib noted that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is making frantic efforts in making the vaccines more accessible to all Nigerians.

“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,” he said.

“So, you have a right to refuse vaccines, but you do not have the right to endanger the health of others.

“The Presidential Steering Committee and the Federal Ministry of Health is exploring ways of making vaccines more available to all Nigerians including federal civil servants and corporate entities.

“Once these vaccines are made equitably available to all Nigerians, then we would need to have a frank discussion about justice, fairness and liberty that exist around vaccine hesitancy.”

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