Despite the verdict of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt on August 30, restraining the Edo State Government and its Governor, Godwin Obaseki, from forcing residents of the state to take COVID-19 vaccine, the state government has barred civil servants who have not taken the vaccine from going to their office.
It has also barred all unvaccinated persons from accessing public facilities.
Godwin Obaseki, the Governor of the State, had initially announced that those who have not received the jab would be denied access to banks, government offices, worship and event centres from middle of September.
This generated criticisms as a group went to court, seeking to restrain the state government from carrying out its threat but the governor did not reverse his decision.
The Permanent Secretary, Edo State Ministry of Health, Osamwonyi Irowa, on Tuesday, said the state will start enforcing the “no vaccination card, no access to public places” policy from the 15th of September.
Irowa said the state government has a device that will help in identifying fake vaccination cards, as he knows people will try to play smart.
The Permanent Secretary disclosed that the state recorded 33 new cases, three deaths including a 28-year-old pregnant woman and 114 recovery.
According to him, refusing to get vaccinated and not following pharmaceutical measure of preventing COVID-19 are the causes of the high death rate in the state.
Irowa, however, advised the people of the state to get themselves vaccinated and protect their loved ones.
He said government is not forcing any one to get vaccinated but “if you don’t have the vaccination card you can’t access our public facilities.”