Nigerian travellers risk global ban for vaccination certificate

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THE Senate on Thursday warned that other countries could impose travel ban on Nigerians, if the Federal Government failed to administer COVID-19 vaccines to its citizens.

  The warning was contained in a motion moved at plenary by the Chairman of the Senate  Committee on Health, Ibrahim Oloriegbe, who said COVID-19 vaccines promised the country by Global Alliance for Vaccine Initiative would not be enough.

  The motion, which was adopted by the Senate, was titled, ‘urgent need for Nigeria to obtain and administer COVlD-19 vaccines to its citizens.’

  Recall that the Global Alliance for Vaccine Initiative has promised to provide 20 per cent of the country’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement.

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  But in his motion, Oloriegbe lamented that apart from the pledge by the global organisation, Nigeria had not produced a plan for the procurement, distribution and administration of the vaccines to Nigerians

  He, therefore, said to avoid a  global travel ban on Nigerians, the Federal Government should make budgetary provision to procure and administer COVID-19 vaccines. 

  The Senator also expressed concern that compliance with COVID-19 preventive measures such hand washing, wearing of face masks and social distancing had diminished.

  Oloriegbe stated that while some countries had approved vaccines for COVID-19 and were administering the vaccine to their citizens,  many others had completed plans on the procurement

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