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Banks mandates staff to get vaccinated or show negative test results

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A number of Nigerian banks have directed their workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Newsmen on Friday, saw circulars from six directing workers to undergo vaccinations or conduct COVID-19 tests on a bi-weekly basis at their own cost.

“You are required to obtain a COVID-19 test on a bi-weekly basis and submit at their zonal offices or headquarters,” one of the circulars read.

According to employees at Polaris, Access, Zenith, Union, Ecobank, and GT banks, the latest development from the banks gave two options of getting a COVID vaccine jab or a two-week interval of negative coronavirus tests.

“Those are the options. If you are not taking the vaccine, then you’ll have to show your test result every two weeks,” an Access bank staff said.

“Without this, they said a staff will not be able to enter into the banking hall.”

Another Polaris bank employee said the options sound lenient, but indirectly call for a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine.

“It is annoying that they have to mandate us. How much is our salary that someone will be conducting a COVID test every two weeks? A COVID test costs about N50,000,” she said.

Two Ecobank bankers also confirmed the development but declined to comment.

At the time of publication, the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has not issued a mandatory vaccination statement for all bank employees.

Meanwhile, Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation, SGF, and chairman of the presidential steering committee (PSC) on COVID-19, said that unvaccinated workers will no longer enter their workplace from December 1, 2021

Consequently, Monday Ubani, former chair of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, has threatened to bring the Nigerian federal government to justice if it forces Nigerians to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

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