Covid vaccination now open to all 18yrs+: PM

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PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare says the covid-19 vaccination programme is now open to all persons 18 years and above in Honiara, Guadalcanal, Western, Choiseul and Malaita Outer Islands.

The Prime Minister highlighted this during his nationwide address yesterday.

The Prime Minister said the Ministry of Health’s communication team will step up and intensify efforts to create awareness and other communication activities.

This will also help address ongoing concerns and anxiety amongst the public on covid-19 vaccines and encourage people to be vaccinated.

“I urge all businesses, civil society groups, churches and community leaders, popular social media groups, to unite in encouraging our people to get vaccinated and work with our health team to disseminate correct messages to members of the public,” he said.

Prime Minister Sogavare also thanked Our Telekom and B-Mobile for their continuous support to disseminate covid-19 vaccine key messages and for encouraging people to be vaccinated.

The Prime Minister urged all organisations, groups, and communities in Honiara and throughout the country to support the vaccines awareness teams.

“Together we can achieve a 100 percent coverage of all eligible adults in the country. If we achieve this, we can achieve herd immunity, which will protect those that cannot be vaccinated,” he said.