BY MAVIS N PODOKOLO
THE two COVID-19 vaccines – AstraZeneca and Sinopharm – are effective in fighting against the Delta Variant of COVID-19.
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare stated this on Monday in his national address.
“The vaccines we are using are effective against the Delta variant of COVID-19 that is driving the new surge of infections around the world,” he said.
“They have been shown to reduce hospitalizations by 92% reduce chances of getting infected by almost 70%. Non vaccinated people have no protection at all,” he added.
“In order for us to protect our youth and children below 18 years of age, everyone about 18 years of age must be vaccinated if the whole 414,500 adults in our country are vaccinated, this constitutes about 64 percent of our population, which would offer some level of protection to the other 56 percent of our population that cannot be sectioning.”
Sogavare said those that cannot be vaccinated bank on those that can be vaccinated for their protection for their lives.
“If we do not vaccinate, we put at risk not only our lives but also the lives of our families.
“Please, I urge all of you 18 years and over, take COVID-19 vaccination seriously.
“Do not wait until there is an outbreak.
“Do it now. Visit the vaccination centers right now.
“Or go to the vaccination centers when our vaccination teams come to your area.
“Do not wait for community spread to be to come before you decide, ” Sogavare said.