Citizens overseas urged to vaccinate before return

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare
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SOLOMON Islands nationals in the United Kingdom, USA and Canada are being encouraged to be vaccinated before their repatriation home.

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare in his recent address said the government is aware that there are some Solomon Islands citizens waiting to be repatriated from the UK, USA, and Canada.

“We encourage these citizens to be vaccinated before their repatriation home.

“In this regard the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be coordinating with our High Commissions, Embassies, and representatives in these countries to ensure our citizens can access vaccinations before their return home,” said Sogavare.

He said the government is meanwhile planning a ‘final’ repatriation flight to bring home about 40 remaining students in Manila.

Sogavare adds, in terms of vaccine for Solomon Islands, approval for AstraZeneca vaccine had been given despite missing out on the Pfizer vaccines for 0.25 percent of the country’s population.