The government of Gabon says only persons who have been completely vaccinated and carrying a vaccination card would be allowed into the country’s Presidential Palace.
This measure will become effective on Nov. 1, the government said.
According to an announcement by Brigadier General Brice Oligui Nguema, the Commander of the Gabonese Presidential Guards, “the presentation of proof of vaccination against COVID-19 would henceforth be obligatory for persons demanding audience/services from the presidency.”
This also includes external visitors, the commander added.
“Access into the Presidential Palace, the military General Staff, the infirmary as well as all the camps of our corps will henceforth be subject to the presentation of proof of vaccination against the Covid-19 with effect from Monday, November 2021,” a service note signed by Brigadier General Brice Oligui Nguema explained.
This measure comes as a result of the continuing reluctance of Gabonese in taking the COVID-19 jabs.
“Faced with the reticence of the population towards vaccination, the leaders seem to have found the appropriate measure to accelerate the process through the conditioning of access to certain public services, rights and advantages on the anti-Covid vaccination,” said Ngono Ambassa, a civil society activist in Libreville, the capital told HumAngle.
Support Our Journalism
There are millions of ordinary people affected by conflict in Africa whose stories are missing in the mainstream media. HumAngle is determined to tell those challenging and under-reported stories, hoping that the people impacted by these conflicts will find the safety and security they deserve.
To ensure that we continue to provide public service coverage, we have a small favour to ask you. We want you to be part of our journalistic endeavour by contributing a token to us.
Your donation will further promote a robust, free, and independent media.Donate Here