Nigerian travellers should not be concerned about being subjected to “unnecessary” COVID-19 protocols/restrictions as a result of COVID-19 immunization, given the country is not on the UK’s red list.
Dr. Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), told journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, October 5, that the United Kingdom is conducting routine assessments to strengthen its borders and improve the health of its citizens, and that some stringent measures are being taken to achieve those goals, and that travelers should disregard media reports that the UK government does not recognize the COVID-AIDS Convention.
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 to mandatory quarantine for 14 days in a supervised UK facility.
“The statement released by the UK Government is in line with the press statement released last week that Nigerians will continue to isolate upon arrival in UK. This is similar to our requirement to have travellers 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.
“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. They are also involved with the vaccination program in Nigeria through the Foreign, Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO) and they are optimistic that by the time Nigeria’s COVID-19 vaccination program certification is assessed, it will be approved.
“There are many countries in the World, so we, like many other countries, are in the queue for this assessment. Once it gets to our turn, we are more likely than not to get approved in the coming weeks. Like the UK Government have clearly stated, the process of assessment would occur in phases.”