BY MAVIS N PODOKOLO
SINOPHARM covid-19 vaccine roll-out planwill prioritise the remaining covid-19 operations frontline workers and support staff in Honiara and the provinces, including essential workers.
This was confirmed by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare during the SinoPharm vaccine launch.
“SinoPharm roll out with also be in line with the COVID-19 Vaccine National Deployment and Roll- Out Plan that was also used in the roll out of AstraZeneca. We will continue to prioritize remaining COVID-19 operations frontline workers and support staff in Honiara and the provinces, including essential workers,” Sogavare said.
He stressed there are also some of our students who plan to return to China for study including other Chinese nationals who plan to travel to China thus will be offered the Sinopharm Vaccines.
“People above 40 years of age and those with co-existing other diseases will also be included in the roll out following the first group to be covered. We will also take into consideration other factors such as operational and logistic issues in roll out of this and other vaccines so as to provide most benefit to our populations,” Sogavare said.
He said the 50,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccine will be administered to 25,000 people because it requires two doses to be administered at an interval of four weeks.
“Meaning those who receive their first dose of SinoPharm will in less than four weeks receive their second dose to complete their COVID-19 vaccination,” Sogavare said.
Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Culwick Togamana encouraged the priority group to come forward to get jabbed when their turn comes.
“This vaccine is authorized for use in people 18 years and above. People with existing co-morbidities are encouraged to get the vaccine on a priority basis,” Togamana said.