Covid-19: The Federal Government says  Nigeria is not among countries red-listed by the UK.

The Federal Government informs Nigerian travelers, not to worry about being subject to “unnecessary” COVID-19 protocols/restrictions as a result of COVID-19 vaccination, saying the country is not on the red-list of the UK.

According to the Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib, who told journalists in Abuja, on Tuesday, October 5, that the UK is doing its routine assessment to strengthen its borders and health of its people, hence some stringent measures to achieve its objectives and that travelers should disregard the media reports that the UK government did not recognize the COVID-19 vaccination process in Nigeria,

He said:

“I would like to comment on the UK Government’s statement which was released on Monday. I can confirm that Nigeria’s status has not changed. Nigeria is not among the red-listed countries that need mandatory quarantine for 14 days in a supervised UK facility.

The statement by the UK Government is in line with the press statement last week that Nigerians will continue to isolate themselves upon arrival in the UK. This is similar to our requirement to have travelers from the UK isolate for seven days upon arrival in Nigeria.

“However, the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) is in the process of reviewing these requirements. We have been in touch with the UK Government. Just like they stated clearly in their communication, the current listing of countries with approved vaccination certification has just started in the UK. They are reviewing the country’s programs in phases.

Furthermore, he said “If you go through the list of 50 countries closely, no African country made the list. The UK Government is yet to comprehensively review Nigeria’s vaccination certification program.

“From my communication with the UK Government officials, the vaccines administered in Nigeria are approved by the UK Government”. He went further to say, their involvement with the vaccination program in Nigeria through the Foreign, Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO) and their optimism of the approval of Nigeria’s COVID-19 vaccination program certification after its assessment.

“There are many countries in the World, so we, like many other countries, are in the queue for this assessment”. He also said, Once it gets Nigeria’s turn, we are more likely to get approval in the coming weeks. Like the UK Government have clearly stated, the process of assessment would occur in phases.”

By Taiyelolu A

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