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Dr Chollom Advises FG Against Imposing Coronavirus Vaccine On Workers

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Dr Solomon Chollom, a Jos-based Virologist, has advised the Federal Government against imposing Coronavirus vaccine on its workers.

He said the proposed barring of civil servants who failed to take the Coronavirus vaccines from offices by 1st December, is curious as it raised more questions than answers.

Chollom, who is also the spokesman of Plateau Inter-professional Health Committee on COVID-19 Response in Jos, gave the advice while fielding questions on the development in Abuja.

He noted that on the surface, the government decision would appear as a smart policy towards increasing vaccine uptake across the country.

The Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 recently proposed that effective from 1st December, no federal government employee shall access office without presenting a safe Coronavirus certificate.

The federal workers shall be required to show proof of Coronavirus vaccination or present a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction test result done within 72 hours, to gain access to their offices in all locations within Nigeria and at foreign Missions.

Reacting to the development, Chollom pointed out that the proposed policy will breach labour relations.

He said within the prism of labour laws the decision would violate fundamental rights of employees as it brushed aside people’s right to informed consent on medical decisions.

According to the expert, although government is permitted to take desperate measures in form of executive decisions during emergency situations, especially those that constitute a threat to security, which public health is one.

He noted that the concern here was whether the current transmission rate, morbidity and mortality indices of the virus as well as hesitancy to the coronavirus vaccine constitute a graveous national challenge to Nigeria with economy and lives on the balance to warrant the desperate measure.

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