Covid-19: FG places fresh travel restrictions on 100 passengers

Ø  Bars private sector vaccination

The Federal Government has placed a six months travel restriction on 100 passengers for flouting COVID-19 directives.

Presidential Task Force, (PTF), on COVID-19 made the announcement via its Twitter handle today.

The FG placed the travel restrictions due to non-compliance with the mandatory Day and post-arrival Covid-19 test. The PTF also released the passport details of the defaulters.

“The Presidential Task Force sanctions 100 Passports in the Second Batch of those who failed to comply with the mandatory Day-7 post-arrival Covid-19 Test. PENALTY: six-month travel restriction from February 5 to July 30, 2021,” it tweeted.

The same punishment was meted out, in January, on 100 travelers who failed to undergo the compulsory Covid-19 test after returning to the country. The restrictions started from January 1, 2021, and would last till June 30, 2021.

The PTF said the defaulting passengers have been notified and will be prevented from traveling out of the country during the period.

The Federal Government has also barred the private sector from administering Covid-19 vaccine, reserving the vaccination exclusively for the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, (NPHCDA), for safety reasons.

The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, said at a media briefing by the PTF in Abuja on Monday that the government was restricting the deployment and implementation of the vaccination programme to NPHCDA and will not allow private sector vaccination.

Ehanire explained that it was for purposes of safe and proper management of the Covid-19 vaccination, including dealing with any after-effects that the Federal Government banned the private sector from vaccination.

Giving an update on Covid-19 procurement, Ehanire said it would soon receive over 42 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines for about 45 percent of the country’s population from the African Union (AU), adding that the country had subscribed to two multi-lateral vaccine access platforms, COVAX facility being brokered under the auspices of the AU.

According to him, the first batch of the vaccines expected from the Covax facility, which is free, will cover 20 per cent of Nigeria’s population.

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