The Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Ramatu Aliyu, says the administration would not force residents of the territory to take COVID-19 vaccine.
Aliyu, who made this known during a meeting with traditional rulers drawn from the six area councils of FCT, however, said the COVID-19 vaccination certificate is now a requirement for travellers.
The minister, in a post on her Facebook page on Saturday, called on the monarchs to sensitise their subjects on the importance of the vaccination.
She said : “In an effort to ensure that residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) participate fully in the vaccination against the spread of COVID-19, I called on graded chiefs in the Federal Capital to support government efforts in the sensitization of residents.
“During the emergency meeting with traditional rulers in the territory I noted that the administration would not force any resident to take the vaccine, but stressed that the vaccination certificate has become a required travel document.
” Please stay safe and abide by every precautionary measure, #covid19 is still here with us and together, we shall overcome.”
PlatinumPost reports that COVID-19 vaccination began in the country last week Saturday with President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo receiving the jab on live television.