#COVID19: Gabon Issues Conditions To Access Presidential Villa

The directive will enforce the usage of vaccination cards before people are allowed to enter the villa.

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.

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