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COVID-19: Osun Orders Compulsory Vaccination of Cabinet Members, Public Servants, Others


COVID-19: Osun Orders Compulsory Vaccination of Cabinet Members, Public Servants, Others

Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, has ordered a compulsory COVID-19 vaccination for all cabinet members, public servants, health workers and others in the State.

The latest development was contained in a memo titled: “Mandatory Taking of COVID-19 Vaccine and Observance of Its Protocols”, with reference number SMD.61 Vol.III/16, signed by the permanent secretary in the Office of the Head of Service, S. A Aina.

According to the memo, the directive is part of the measures to curb the spread of Coronavirus in the state.

The memo was addressed to the office of Secretary to the State Government, Chief of Staff and its Deputy, Commissioners, Special Advisers, Chairman of Board & Statutory Commissions, Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Non-Ministerial Departments, Vice-Chancellor, Osun State University, Osogbo, General Managers and Executive Secretaries, Chief Medical Director, UNIOSUN Teaching Hospital; Heads of the State’s tertiary institutions and Council managers.

The letter reads: “Consequent upon the rampaging and virulent third wave (DELTA VARIANT) of the COVID-19 virus, the government of Osun State is determined to halt its continuous spread in the State.

“Hence, the government has provided COVID-19 vaccine to be taken by all workers in the State in its various health facilities.

“This is with a view to ensuring that the vaccine is taken in order to protect and prevent the workforce and residents from being infected with the virus.

“Arising from the foregoing, the Governor, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, has mandated all Public Servants who have not been vaccinated against COVID 19 to visit the nearest Government Health Centre to them or their place of work to get vaccinated forthwith.

“This directive of Mr Governor must be taken very seriously by all the affected workers across the entire State and Local Government Services.

“In addition to the above, the Governor has directed that all Public Servants should continue to follow all COVID-19 protocols such as wearing of face mask, staying at least six (6) feet away from one another, avoiding crowded places, constant washing of hands/use of hand sanitisers, among others.

“All Accounting Officers of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), including Tertiary Institutions, Local Government Authorities, Local Council Development Areas. etc are requested to draw the attention of their Staff to the contents of this Circular and ensure strict compliance by all.”

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