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The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved the introduction of new International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis otherwise called yellow card for the country.

Yellow card is a proof of vaccination required for going to or from countries that are at a risk of yellow fever.

The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole after the FEC meeting said the new yellow card could not be forged as it has advanced security features.

“One of the challenges we had in the past with the current yellow card is that it could be issued by anybody and those who did not even receive the vaccination could also, in fact, get a card signed for them.

“With this new card, you cannot fake the yellow card. Using a card reader, we can also document your vaccination status. So, we know whether you have been genuinely vaccinated or not and as soon as we start the roll out, we will let the Nigerian community know about the date of commencement.

“We will also let them know with the existing card they are holding and when we will phase-out the old one,” the minister stated.


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