The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha has stated that COVID-19 vaccination certificate will “very soon” become a mandatory requirement to travel anywhere in the world.
Mustapha, who is also the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, stated this on Saturday at the New Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He urged Nigerians to avail themselves to be vaccinated against the virus, noting that some countries have started placing restrictions on receiving visitors on the basis of COVID-19 vaccination certificate.
“Vaccine hesitancy will have to give way to reality because the truth about it is that very soon, nobody will be able to travel the world unless you produce the certificate that you have been given. I have not confirmed this but reliably, some countries have started putting restrictions for receiving visitors, even for exercising activities of their faith, without a COVID-19 vaccination certificate.
“The word that is going out there on behalf of Mr. President is that Nigerians should make themselves available, those that are eligible in the first phase of the deployment, because the deployment is going to be in four phases, to receive these vaccines.
“They (vaccines) have been tested, our most strategic leadership has received these vaccines this morning. They are safe, they are efficacious and it is for the good and wellbeing of our people,” he said.
Boss Mustapha stated this shortly after the President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, received a shot of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.