COVID-19 vaccination card compulsory in Edo from today

Obaseki taking the COVID-19 vaccination jab

Obaseki wants everyone vaccinated against COVID-19

By Monday Ajogun/Benin

The Edo state government on Tuesday said that it will commence the enforcement of its no COVID-19 vaccination card, no entry into all state government owned facilities, from today.

It said the move is meant to curb the spread of the virus in the state.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr Osamwonyi Irowa, said anyone who wanted access into any state government offices, must have his or her card to show enforcers.

“If you have to enter the state secretariat you must have your vaccination card. We are going to implement this in all the key areas to ensure that we don’t have persons being infected because the other person is being difficult.

“The first phase is targeted at state government facilities.

“As from tomorrow(today), the first set of enforcement areas are government locations across the state.

“Those that cannot provide their COVID-19 vaccination card may have to excuse us and be working from home pending when a decision will be reached.

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“As a state, we are doing everything possible to make sure people don’t get infected.

“We are appealing to our people to get vaccinated because that is the most suitable way of preventing the severity of the disease when you have it and also avoiding death.

” The enforcement team will commence work tomorrow(today) as a way to help us reduce the number of cases and deaths we are recording daily, he said.

Head of the COVID-19 Enforcement Team, Mr Yusuf Haruna, said that the state government had trained 20 special teams that would be spread across the state to commence enforcement of no vaccination, no entry into government owned facilities.

“What we are going to do tomorrow is to grant those who have the authentic vaccination card access to their working places and those without can go back and work from home and government will know how to deal with all of that.

The head of the state’s Coronavirus Case Management, Dr Ebomwonyi Osagie, said that the state had recorded a total of three deaths within the last 24 hours.

Edo state is 7th on Nigeria’s grim chart with 215 death toll and 6,008 confirmed cases, up till Tuesday.

The state recorded 63 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, the NCDC said.