#COVID19: UK Makes U-Turn, Recognises Nigeria’s Vaccine Certificate

The exclusion of the country from the ‘elite’ list of recognised certificates drew criticisms and disapproval from Nigerians.

Nigeria’s COVID-19 vaccination certificate will be recognised and accepted by the United Kingdom (U.K.) by Oct. 11, an update on the U.K.’s official website has revealed.

Nigeria will be added to this list of countries and territories with approved proof of vaccination at 4am Monday, 11 October,” the update read in part.

But according to the U.K., Nigerians who arrive in England before the stipulated date which the change will take effect “must follow the rules for people who are not fully vaccinated.” 

Anyone who arrives in England after the said date would then be able to use Nigeria’s vaccine certificate to prove status of vaccination.

HumAngle had earlier reported the reactions of Nigerians to the exclusion of the country in the list of countries whose vaccine certificates are recognised by the UK.

HumAngle had also noted that no African country was included in the list.

But the U.K. said on its website on Thursday, Oct. 7,  other African countries will be added to the list at different stipulated dates. The African newcomers include: Nigeria, Kenya, Namibia, Morocco, Ghana, and South Africa.

Southern Asian countries such as Pakistan, India, and the Philippines and some other countries are equally scheduled to be added to the list.

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Chigozie Victor

Chigozie Victor is a journalist and a creative writer. Her work focuses on SGBV, policy and security infrastructure. The graduate of English and Literature from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka is passionate about helping audiences understand salient issues through clear reporting and multimedia journalism. She tweets at @nwaanyi_manaria

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