In a bid to slow down the spread of COVID-19 infections in the state, the government of Edo state has announced that it will begin the enforcement of a controversial law that bans unvaccinated people from entering government-owned facilities in the state from September 15, 2021.
This was disclosed on Tuesday by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr Osamwonyi Irowa, during a press briefing with newsmen.
What Edo state is saying
“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, 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. 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 as a way to help us reduce the number of cases and deaths we are recording daily,” they said.
The 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, citing that the state government has the responsibility of protecting lives and properties of its citizens.
“In view of this, we have trained 20 special teams that will be spread across the 18 Local Government Areas of the state.
“They will commence this enforcement from the 15th of September, 2021. What we expect our people to do is that while going to work, they should go with their vaccination cards. Government is not forcing anybody but government has the responsibility to tell you not to spread the virus.
“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.
“These 20 special teams will be saddled with the responsibility of scanning and confirming the authenticity of these vaccination cards and also diligently asking those who don’t have it to go and work from home, this is the directive of the state government and this will be enforced to the letter,” he said.
In case you missed it
Recall Nairametrics reported earlier this month that Edo and Ondo states have announced plans to ban unvaccinated people from visiting public spaces especially banks. Governor Obaseki of Edo state said on Wednesday that anyone without proof of vaccination will not be granted access to crowded facilities.
Ondo state towed the same line stating that only vaccinated residents would be allowed to enter churches, mosques, hospitals, and government offices after a 2 weeks grace period.