UTME: Under 18 Candidates Not Required To Produce Vaccination Card -JAMB

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UTME: Under 18 Candidates Not Required To Produce Vaccination Card -JAMB
UTME: Under 18 Candidates Not Required To Produce Vaccination Card -JAMB

Candidates and visitors under the age of 18 are not needed to submit COVID-19 vaccination cards before being admitted to JAMB test venues and facilities, according to the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board.

According to a statement signed by Fabian Benjamin, the head of JAMB’s media and protocol unit, individuals required to present immunization cards are those covered by the NCDC Vaccination Policy.

Benjamin explained that the clarification was essential because they “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, on the other hand, stated that it would seek proof of age before allowing anybody under the age of 18 access to its facilities.

Ijaw News earlier reported that the Board had announced a policy of no vaccination card, no entry into any of its facilities nationwide, but it was discovered that many underage candidates were frantically trying to get vaccinated, with some even lying about their age to get vaccinated just to gain access to services at the Board’s 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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