The Federal Government may start punishing eligible Nigerians who have refused to get the COVID-19 vaccination.
The Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCA), Faisal Shuaib, disclosed this on Tuesday at a press briefing in Abuja.
The NPHCA boss said the government may “apply the basic rule of law” against such people because they will be endangering the lives of other people.
He said, “The Presidential Steering Committee and the Federal Ministry of Health is exploring ways of making vaccines more available to all Nigerians including federal civil servants and corporate entities.
“Once these vaccines are made equitably available to all Nigerians, then we would need to have a frank discussion about justice, fairness and liberty that exist around vaccine hesistancy.
“If some individuals refuse to take the vaccine, hence endangering those who have or those who could not due to medical exemptions, then we have to apply the basic rule of law which stipulates that your human right stops where mine begins.
“So, you have a right to refuse vaccines, but you do not have the right to endanger the health of others.”
The Edo and Ondo States’ government had already announced restrictions regarding some public places that those who have not taken COVID-19 vaccine cannot have access to.
However, a federal high court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has granted an order restraining Edo Governor Godwin Obaseki, and the state government from restricting unvaccinated persons from attending mass gatherings from September.