THE roll out of AstraZeneca vaccine second dose for those who received their first dose in March, April and May at the Central Field Hospital in Honiara commenced yesterday.
Leading the line to receive the second dose was Attorney-General John Muria followed by Chairman of Caucus Namson Tran, Minister of Education and Human Resource Development (MEHRD) Lanelle Olandrea Tanangada, Police Commissioner Mostyn Mangau and members of the RSIPF including staff of Solomon Airlines, Customs etc.
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, Health Minister Dr Culwick Togamana and other government ministers and officials who also received vaccination on day one of COVID-19 vaccine roll out will receive theirs this Sunday after returning from the Isabel Province 2nd Appointed Day.
“On this note, the Ministry of Health would like to inform that for all those who will be receiving their 2nd AstraZeneca vaccine dose, you can receive your 2nd vaccine jab either on the exact day as stated in your vaccination card or within 14 days following the date on your cards,” a ministry statement said.
“The second dose is important to further boost the body immune system to fight against COVID-19,” it added.
At the Central Field Hospital, there are two tents set up in front of the hospital, one for those to receive their first dose of Sinopharm vaccine and the other for AstraZeneca second dose.
Please carry your vaccination card when you come to receive your second dose.
Inside the hospital, the 54 cubicles are separated into two groups, one for administration of Sinopharm vaccine and the other for AstraZeneca vaccine.
Sinopharm vaccine is open for all persons 18 years and above in Honiara and Guadalcanal province who have ease of access to the hospital whilst AstraZeneca is only for those coming to receive their second dose.
Health is calling on all eligible people (18 years and above) to come forward for the Sinopharm vaccine. Let us take proactive measures to protect ourselves and our country against COVID-19. It is critical that we are all aware that in the event of a community transmission; we will scramble for the vaccines but it will already be too late as our bodies will require time to build these antibodies or soldiers to be able to wrestle with the virus.
We plan to roll out the COVID vaccine to eastern and Western parts of Guadalcanal Province and will inform you about the details of the roll out in future press briefs.