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General News of Monday, 1 March 2021

Source: www.mynigeria.com

Nigerians who received vaccines abroad must get tested upon arrival - Minister

Minister of state for health, Olorunnimbe Mamora Minister of state for health, Olorunnimbe Mamora

Minister of state for health, Olorunnimbe Mamora has directed all Nigerians who have received the coronavirus vaccines abroad to get tested upon arrival into the country.

He said this during an interview with Channels Television, on Monday, March 1, 2021.

The Minister noted that getting vaccinated does not absolutely prevent the infection of the virus, adding that an evidence of taking a PCR test must be provided when entering the country.

“The protocol is there already. They need to produce evidence of taking a PCR test within the estimated time limit before boarding and the test certificate and when they come into the country, they would need to go into isolation and on the seventh day, they take the PCR test.

“Having been vaccinated does not absolutely say that you can’t get the infection. What the vaccine guarantees is that if you get the infection, you are not likely to succumb.

“The fact that you got a vaccine is no license for you to down your guard. The things that we have said will still be in place in terms of non-pharmaceutical interventions especially when we are yet to achieve herd immunity and we can’t have that until a minimum of 70 percent of the population is vaccinated,” he said.

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