94% of Shortland people vaccinated.

PM Sogavare presents a gift to a Shortlands tribal leader.
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THE COVID 19 vaccination coverage rate for Shortland Islands is an exceptional 94 percent, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has announced.

“I want to congratulate the people of Shortlands for the vaccination coverage rate of 94 percent.”

Sogavare said he is happy that the chiefs and community leaders have stepped up to ensure community awareness program on COVID-19 is done.

“In fact, our country is made even safer by the very fact, that you border communities have worked with authorities to ensure that no crossover is done during this period,” the Prime Minister said.

He said he believes if the people of Shortlands continue to work together with our health authority, the sickness can be prevented from spreading and infecting our vulnerable people.

“I thank you all for your commitment to get vaccinated to keep our people and country safe,” he emphasised. 

He highlighted, COVID 19 is not an issue to take lightly.

“At the moment I have declared this area as part of the Emergency Zone, and it will remain so until advise is given otherwise.”

Prime Minister Sogavare understands the connection between the peoples of Shortlands and Bougainville but, at the moment it is important that we all remember that this sickness is fatal.

Prime Minister Sogavare took time yesterday (Wednesday 23rd June) at Nila, Shortlands to encourage the country’s border residents to continue with the wonderful demonstration of cooperation with the Health authorities by taking their second jab.