Second dose of Astra 2-3 months after first

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BY MAVIS N PODOKOLO

THE second doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine will be given two to three months after the first dose has been given.

This was confirmed by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare on Monday this week.

“The second doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine will be given between 2-3 months after the first dose had been given.

“We anticipate receiving the balance of the 108,000 doses allocated to Solomon Islands by the COVAX facility before end of June 2021. All those that had received their first dose will receive their second doses between May and June 2021,” said Sogavare.

He said the first batch of AstraZeneca vaccine that will be launched today has been prioritised for the emergency zone of the western border and Honiara.

Sogavare adds based on the 2019 population census, there are approximately 17,000 people above 18 years of age living at the emergency zone.

He said the government has therefore decided to allocate 17,000 doses from the 24,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine received on Friday last week to be deployed to the western border.


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