The brief: A blow on Biden; Compulsory vaccination; Pay restriction | Dailytrust

The brief: A blow on Biden; Compulsory vaccination; Pay restriction

Welcome to ‘A Week of COVID-19’, the weekly newsletter on coronavirus pandemic from Daily Trust. I am Khadijat Lawal, a content creator and social media manager.

Another week, and still COVID-19 is here. The Edo state government is not taking it likely with unvaccinated people, especially Civil servants. On Wednesday, many were stranded at the state secretariat and other government offices in Benin City as the state government commenced its “no vaccination, no access to public places” policy. Should other states adopt this policy?

Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc (GTCO) is also not taking things for granted with its staff over the COVID-19 jab. Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc (GTCO) has issued a deadline to its staff to complete their COVID-19 vaccination or face work restriction and a salary cut.

The federal government on Tuesday said it’s targeting 52m doses of the COVID-19 vaccines by 2022. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, said the most potent way of surviving the virus is through vaccines, which science and research have presented. If you’re yet to take the jab, kindly do so.

And in other COVID-19 coverage…

‘Operation Show Your Vaccination Card’

Unvaccinated civil servants and other people in Edo State were, on Wednesday, stranded at the state secretariat and other government offices in Benin City as the state government commenced its “no vaccination, no access to public places” policy.

The state government had said, beginning from 15, civil servants and others who could not present their proof of vaccination would be denied access to government offices, banks, worship and event centres.

More People Taking COVID-19 Vaccines Now – Edo Gov’t
Barely a day after the enforcement of “no vaccination, no entry to government offices”, the Edo State Government said it has recorded a significant increase in the number of persons taking the vaccines.

The permanent secretary, Edo State Ministry of Health, Osamwonyi Irowa, said this in a chat with journalists in Benin, on Thursday.

GTCO To Restrict Unvaccinated Staff, Cut Salary

Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc (GTCO) has issued a deadline to its staff to complete their COVID-19 vaccination or face work restriction and a salary cut.

In an internal memo seen by Daily Trust, the bank said any staff that failed to have a complete vaccination will face sanctions.

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16 deaths due to C0VID-19 complications

Still on Edo, a 33-year-old pregnant woman and 15 others have died from COVID-19 complications in the last 72 hours.

The Permanent Secretary, Edo State Ministry of Health, Dr. Osamwonyi Irowa, disclosed this during the COVID-19 briefing in Benin, the state capital, on Monday.

Victims Of Yobe NAF Shooting Demand Compensation

Families of victims of Wednesday’s harrowing aerial shooting by the Nigerian Air Force fighter jet targeting Boko Haram fighters in Yobe State have called on the federal government to pay them compensation.

They hinged their request on the fact that unlike other climes, governments at all levels in Nigeria rarely pay compensation to victims of collateral damage.

Covid-19: US FDA recommends booster jabs for over 65s

A panel advising the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended boosters of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for people 65 and over, and those at high risk.

But it voted against recommending a shot for everyone aged 16 and over. The outcome is a blow for President Joe Biden, who said widespread jabs would be available by next week if approved.

Call for investigation of menstrual changes after Covid jabs

A leading immunologist specialising in fertility has said changes to periods and unexpected vaginal bleeding after having Covid vaccine should be investigated to reassure women.

As you go about your activities this weekend, please stay safe. Coronavirus is still out there.