Abuja civil servants may either take the Covid-19 vaccine or give up their jobs

NEWS DIGEST – Civil servants in Abuja will be required from January 17 to produce proof of vaccination before they are allowed entrance into their offices.

Unvaccinated civil servants will now have 6 days to get those shots if they will to be allowed into their offices on the Monday deadline.

The Federal Capital Territory Administration which made the pronouncement did not specify if a single shot would be a satisfactory requirement to access one’s office or if the staff are expected to have taken both covid-19 jabs.

Concerned civil servants could still be granted entrance into their offices if they provide the enforcement team with a negative Covid-19 PCR test which was done not more than 72 hours.

The FCTA says the measure is “part of efforts aimed at curtailing the spread of the COVID-19 in the FCT.”

On Monday, Abuja asked state governments to do more to improve the poor response of citizens to vaccination in the country.

As of Sunday, 9th of January, only 4.2% of the country’s population was fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and only 9.8% had taken their first does of the vaccine.

Dr Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director of the NPHDA, which is in charge of administering the vaccine, would advise state governments to compel state and local government workers into taking the vaccine.

The Federal government had always hinted it was willing to go down this route if citizens showed unwillingness to take the vaccines. After several warnings in 2021, the Presidential Steering Committee on Covid-19 barred unvaccinated federal civil servants from their offices in December.

Civil servants who continue to express non-compliance with the directives will be treated in accordance with the provisions of the Public Service Rules, according to Mr Abubakar Sani, Senior Special Assistant to FCT Minister on Media and Strategic Communication.

By all indication, this would mean a withdrawal of defaulters pay or withdrawal of employment.