Jab centres in Honiara identified

The Multi purpose hall used as a field hospital.
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THREE vaccination centres to roll-out covid-19 immunisation have been identified in Honiara, says Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.

“In Honiara, three vaccination centers are being consideration each in East, Central and West Honiara.

“The Central Honiara location is the Triage area at the National Referral Hospital COVID-19 zone, at the eastern end of NRH,” Sogavare said on Monday this week.

He said for West Honiara talks are underway to secure the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF). The Marine Training school at Solomon Islands National University for East Honiara.

“We are also considering he possible use of the Central Field Hospital which is currently empty after all COVID-19 cases had been discharged almost two weeks ago. The field hospital has all essential back up facilities, including beds where people can rest after vaccination if required. Our health team will confirm during the week if we can use this facility,” said Sogavare.

He said vaccination sites in Choiseul province, Western province and Malaita Outer Islands will be finalised sometime this week.

“Ministry of health will keep us updated on the various locations for COVID-19 vaccination during the week. I will provide further updates on this subject in my weekly national address next Monday,” said Sogavare.

He said to demonstrate his confidence in COVID-19 vaccines, he will be honoured to take the first COVID-19 injection in Solomon Islands before everyone above 18 years of age can be vaccinated.