GP vax roll-out faces manpower challenge

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GUADALCANAL province’s vaccination roll-out is facing manpower challenges.

This was confirmed by Dr Joel Denty, Guadalcanal Province Health Director in a radio talkback show on SIBC.

“We have been facing challenges with number of teams and Human Resources at this time. Ones we get a bit more support we will increase number of vaccination teams to be deployed to target sites.

“Also we prefer mobile teams because most villages are far from the fix site,” Denty said.

He said since the launch of the vaccine on June 18, community rollout is still ongoing at the moment.

“On Monday 5th July we at the Guadalcanal Health team started vaccination at Good Shepherd area at Foxwood. We started the vaccination at two wards that have a lot of people, Malango and Gaobata, so that is our current focus at the moment.

“Numbers of people who come forward to get their jab have started slow but is it slowly picking up. As of Monday, only 61 individuals received their first vaccine shot, by Tuesday this went up to 104, and by Friday we reached 202 people receiving their vaccine.

“I hope ones we increase number of teams, the number will slowly be increasing,” Denty said.

“The vaccination teams are stationed on GIPPOL two, this one will involve company employees and also surrounding communities.

“Please those of you who are close to these sites I urge you to come forward and get vaccinated before it ends tomorrow (Wednesday).

“It is also encouraging to see some people are helping out in providing transports for individuals to fix vaccination sites,” said Denty.