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FG restates Dec 1 deadline for mandatory worker vaccination



...12-yr-old challenges Nigerians

FEDERAL Government has restated the December 1 deadline it had set out for federal civil servants to take the COVID-19 vaccines. 

  Explaining that it will engage Nigeria Governors’ Forum on mass vaccination of citizens, federal government also warned that vaccination records/certificates would be verified to detect unscrupulous citizens who procure such cards through the black market, threatening prosecution.

  Also at the forum, Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19 assured Nigerians that the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has sufficient vaccines in the pipeline to vaccinate about 50 per cent of the target population by the end of January next year, just as efforts are also ongoing to bring on board the booster dose to build a stronger level of anti-bodies.

  Also speaking, Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa, noted that Nigeria had made tremendous strides in building its capacity to prevent, detect and respond to diseases of public health importance.

   Meanwhile, a 12-year-old Senior Secondary School (SSS) student of Elite Comprehensive School, Auchi, Zainab Jimoh, has called on Nigerians to avail themselves of the COVID-19 vaccine in order to help the nation’s struggling economy.

  Jimoh made the call during the launch of her book, titled:  Year 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic.

  Explaining that her decision to write the book which is her second was informed by need to enlighten the people as well as educate them about the deadly virus and how to stay safe, Jimoh noted that aside the health implications of the virus in humans, its outbreak has brought the world economy to its knees.

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  “Nigeria is not exempted and I want Nigerians and the world indeed to know how true it is that this deadly virus exists, that the vaccine is not harmful. I discovered my writing skills when my English teacher gave an assignment in class, asking us to write stories and compositions. Then I knew I had that zeal inside of me to always want to write, when I sit I’m able to think and something drives me to just write. My parents in the long run have always stood by me encouraging me and providing me with all I need in the pursuit to achieve my goal as a writer.

  My writing journey started in 2019 when I wrote the book ,  Faruq, the Destiny Child and with the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the whole world, I began to ask questions about it. This is what brought about my second book being launched today,” she said.

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