COVID-19 vaccination now for frontliners and 55 + years old people

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The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) has reiterated to the public that apart from promotional vaccinations, which involves key public figures, the current vaccination at the Central Field Hospital (Multi-Purpose-Hall), is only for COVID-19 operation frontline ministries and agencies, and persons above 55 years, more especially those with underlying health conditions.

With those coming from frontline ministries and agencies, their names are to be provided according to their role in fight against COVID-19.

This is in line with the current COVID-19 national deployment and roll out plan and also from the fact that we are and will be receiving limited supply in batches, with the first  only containing 24,000 thousand doses of AstraZeneca vaccine.

Therefore from the 24,000 doses, only 7000 doses will be administered in Honiara for frontline workers and those 55 years and above with underlying health conditions. In addition to this, those 55 years and above must present their medical cards when coming for their vaccinations.

The remaining 17,000 doses is for western borderline communities in the Western, Choiseul and Malaita provinces and is for all persons 18 years and above due to concerning increases of COVID-19 cases with our western neighbour, Bougainville.

Therefore, we urge the public to ensure you only come to the Central Field Hospital to receive the vaccine if you fall into either of the categories stated above to avoid any upset of being turned back.

The Ministry of Health will continue to provide update and inform the public once we have completed vaccinations for these categories and move to the conduct vaccinations for all remaining persons above 18 years of age in Honiara and across the country.