NRH CEO Dr George Malefoasi. Photo by GCU
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Hospital moves to replace doctors who refuse to take COVID vaccine


THREE top anti-vax doctors at the National Referral Hospital did not turn up for work following Government’s ‘No Jab, No Job’ policy which came into effect on November 1.

Chief Executive Officer, Dr George Malefoasi confirmed this to Island Sun yesterday.

Malefoasi said they are working on ways to replace these three top doctors.

However, he said the departments are still continuing because they have specialist consultants on the ground.

Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Health and Medical Services Pauline McNeil told a Radio Talkback show on Sunday that out of the 17 doctors, three of them are still to get their vaccine.

She said three of the doctors still stand on their position not to get vaccinated.

Given their strong stand not to get vaccinated, McNeil said her ministry has respected their decision to not get vaccinated, and that is their stand.

“So, we let them to take their position, and we have appealed to them to reconsider their decision.”

For health workers, she said 76.8 percent of have at least got their first dose.

“Thus, we have thanked all our health workers from Malaita that about 96 percent of them have been vaccinated with at least one dose vaccination.”

The Permanent Secretary has assured that health workers are doing very well, thus she encourages all health workers to get their jab.