The Minister of State for Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora, has stated that administering of Covid-19 vaccinations will not be compulsory in Nigeria.
This update comes after Nigeria received nearly four million doses of Covid-19 vaccines shipped via the COVAX Facility in a partnership with CEPI, Gavi, UNICEF and WHO.
Mamora made this known during an interview with Arise News on Wednesday. He said, “Nothing will be made mandatory. It’s optional. The choice is yours. Nobody will be forced to take any vaccine.”
Nevertheless, he added further that if ever it is made mandatory across time, it wouldn’t be the decision of Nigeria, as other countries may begin to request COVID-19 vaccination certificates before letting outsiders in. He noted it might be a global requirement.
In his words, “it may just be something that will become global, so it may come to that. If you like call it enlightened self-interest, why should I allow you bring a deadly virus into the country?”