Stranded Solo nurses departure again delayed

Packed — the nurses’ luggage

19 Solomon Islands (SI) nurses who have been stranded in Port Vila since the end of their contracts didn’t depart from the Port Vila International Airport yesterday as scheduled.

The nurses told Daily Post that when they arrived at the airport at 10am, they were informed that they cannot leave Vanuatu.

“We were told that we have to get vaccinated before we can go back to our country,” the nurses said.

The nurses said the Solomon Islands Government has made it a requirement for them to get the COVID-19 vaccine before they can return home.

When their contracts ended, the initial delay was due to the cap on quarantine facilities in their home country.

Thursday, November 4 (yesterday) was the date indicated by the Solomon Islands government to receive its nationals back home, but the recent detection of the two positive cases among 18 passengers from New Caledonia resulted in the Solomon Islands government imposing the preventive measure of ‘no jab, no entry’ on SI nationals in Vanuatu.

There were also Solomon Islands students at Emalus Campus who were supposed to be on the charter flight yesterday.

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