The Nigerian government may impose sanctions on eligible Nigerians who refuse to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
According to the PUNCH, at a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday, the Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Faisal Shuaib, hinted at the possibility.
State governments in Edo and Ondo have already placed limitations on entrance to some public locations for anyone who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine.
According to Shuaib, the government may “apply the basic rule of law” against such individuals since they jeopardize the lives of others.
He added, “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 hesitancy.
“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.”