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UTME 2022: JAMB takes decision on underage candidates needing COVID-19 vaccination card

JAMB releases 14,620 UTME

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has noted that candidates who are below 18 years, will not be required to present COVID-19 vaccination cards, before they can enter JAMB examination halls and facilities.

JAMB’s Head of Media and Protocol Unit, Fabian Benjamin, confirmed this in a statement on Tuesday.

According to Benjamin, those mandated to provide vaccination cards are persons covered under the NCDC Vaccination policy.

He said the clarification became necessary because it “discovered that many underage candidates were making frantic efforts to get vaccinated with some even falsifying their age to be vaccinated just to access services at the Board’s facilities.”

The statement reads in part; “All candidates, clients, and other members of the public below the age of 18 years are not required to produce any vaccination card before being allowed access to our facilities. This category of persons is not covered by the NCDC vaccination policy.”

The examination body, however, said it would require evidence of being underage to allow any underage individual access to its facilities.

“It is to be noted that the policy, as announced by the Board, is in tandem with the NCDC policy of no vaccination, no access to public places as well as ensuring that only persons eligible for vaccination are vaccinated and issued the card.

“Meanwhile, in view of likely abuse by individuals, the Board would also require evidence of being underage to allow any underage individual access to its facilities.

“This directive is to protect the public as well as the staff of the Board from the ravaging virus and would want all and sundry to play their own part in this battle of ensuring that we have a healthy and productive population.”

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