Vaccine for children here soon

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BY MAVIS N PODOKOLO

SOLOMON Islands will soon have covid-19 vaccine for age group five to 11 years.

According to Ministry of Health and Medical Service Advisor Dr Yogesh Choudhri, donors have confirmed they would supply the vaccine.

“We have got confirmation from our donor partners that they would be able to supply the covid-19 vaccine for 5 years above and 11 years age group,” Choudhri said.

“We have made requestion to the National Therapeutic Drugs committee to consider provision of Pfizer for 5 years above and 11 years,” he added.

Choudhri also confirmed that the total national vaccination coverage of people aged 18 and above is still below 50 percent.

“All in all we have two thirds of the people at least received one dose of the vaccine who are 18 and above.

“The vaccination roll out for 12 years and above and 18 years below is also ongoing in different provinces,” Choudhri said.

He adds overall nationally 17 per cent of children between 12 years and above and 18 years below have been vaccinated with both doses of the Pfizer vaccine.


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