The Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun has threatened to bar unvaccinated residents from government offices, schools, markets and public transport.
The governor also gave a 60-day ultimatum to the unvaccinated residents to obtain COVID – 19 vaccines.
Abiodun said this on Monday, during the flag-off of COVID – 19 mass vaccination campaign in Abeokuta, Ogun State Capital.
The governor explained that the 60-day window would allow unvaccinated residents to take their jabs, as part of moves to flatten the curve of the virus.
He revealed that the state targets vaccination of additional two million residents in the newly flagged off mass vaccination exercise.
He said, “We are going to give a window to allow for this vaccination exercise and that window starts from today(Monday) till the next 60 days.
“Anybody, after 60 days, that is not vaccinated will not be allowed in our offices, schools. Such a person will not be allowed to do business with us. We will chase this person in our markets, you will be required to carry your vaccine cards with you at all times.
This is my vaccination card (waving it to the audience) for all those who want to see. If you don’t have a card like this, you will not come to our secretariat, we will not do business with you, we will not allow ‘Okada’ to carry you, we will not allow taxi to carry you, you will not be allowed in our Market. We will enforce this card, to be forewarned is to be forearmed.”
Abiodun however, disclosed that the state had increased vaccine centres from 131 to 509 to allow eligible residents have access to the vaccination.
Earlier, the General Manager of Nigeria Solidarity Support Fund, Dr Fejiro Chinye-Nwoko disclosed that the sum of N305 million was earmarked for Ogun and five other states to ensure many residents are vaccinated.
Chinye-Nwoko said the NSSF in collaboration with National Primary Health Care Development Agency plans to support one million residents of the six states with the vaccination.
She listed Adamawa, Edo, Enugu, Nassarawa and Kastina apart from Ogun as the benefiting states.
She however expressed readiness to support the Federal Government in ensuring that many Nigerians get vaccinated.
In his remarks, the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of NPHCDA, Dr Faisal Shuaib disclosed that the Federal government is targeting the vaccination of 50 per cent eligible population of Nigerians by the end of January 2022.
Shuaib said, as of September 2021, a total of 5,684,939 Nigerians had received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 3,730,937 had been vaccinated with both first and second doses.
He said the figures represented five per cent and 2.8 per cent of the targeted population of 200 million Nigerians.
The NPHCDA Director disclosed that the Federal Government had set up a task force working in conjunction with security agencies to curb corruption and fraud in the vaccination exercise.
Also speaking the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker, said the state recorded 5,370 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 80 causalities.