Prime Minister’s Directive doubled numbers of people vaccinated on Day 4

Chief Justice Sir Albert Palmer was one of those who came out to receive the Covid vaccine over the weekend.
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At day 4, a day after the Prime Minister issued directive for all frontline workers from frontline ministries and agencies to come forward for vaccination had seen a doubling of the number of people on day 4 compared to the first three days last week.

On the first three days just above 200 people received their initial vaccination for each of the days compared to day 4 with over 400 people and the increase is expected to continue with the numbers coming forward on day 5 (day 5 report yet to be released).

Staff of National Public Health Laboratory with the V sign indicating their done with first Covid 19 vaccine jab

As at day 4, cumulative total of people vaccinated stood at 1065 people, health workers accounted for the largest number of vaccinated persons with 34 percent (399) of the total followed by the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) frontline, 18 percent, airport staff 6 percent, customs 2.3 percent, immigration 2.1, and hotel staff 1.4 percent.

The remaining percent are those 55 years and above with underlying health conditions including for leaders and other public figures.

Que outside the Central Field Hospital over the weekend

Day four of vaccination also showed that over 700 males and 300 plus females received their first dose of COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine.

The Ministry of Health will continue to roll out the vaccines in Honiara as per its roll out plan that is giving priority to COVID-19 operations frontline workers who are at most risk to contracting the virus, persons 55 years and above with underlying health conditions who are at risk of being sick, hospitalized and death by COVID-19.

Correctional Services Officers after first jab

As the vaccination progresses in Honiara the order of priority groups will also be revised and amended accordingly and any changes will be communicated to the public.

Health would like to reiterate key messages that the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccines currently being roll out at the Central Field Hospital is safe and effective against COVID-19 as it has been listed for emergency use by WHO.