Vaccine rollout needs to reach all communities in PENAMA: Nako

Public servants waiting to get jabbed yesterday. Photo: MOH

The COVID-19 vaccine rollout needs to reach all communities in PENAMA Province, said Acting Secretary General (SG) of the PENAMA Provincial Government Council (PPGC), Davidson Nako.

Over 18,000 citizens from PENAMA Province are eligible for vaccination.

SG Nako assured during the provincial vaccine rollout in Ambae yesterday that PPGC is committed to support the rollout throughout the province.

“Vaccination is not compulsory, but it is the stand of PPGC that its people get vaccinated and be protected against coronavirus,” he said.

“I’m appealing to the chiefs, Area Secretaries, Area Administrators, youth and church leaders to help mobilised communities for vaccination.

“I want to see everyone’s cooperation to ensure we have a good vaccine coverage.”

Key government officials, civil organisation representatives and community leaders took the lead in the vaccination yesterday.

Minister of Health, Silas Bule, emphasized that vaccination is essential to keep everyone safe.

“Coronavirus is spreading rapidly and has caused over 4 million deaths around the world. It’s mortality rate increases every day,” he conveyed.

Despite having a quarantine process in place, the risk for the virus to spread to community remains, he stressed.

Minister Bule urged eligible citizens to get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect themselves, their families and communities as a whole.

Health partners such as World Health Organisation, UNICEF, Asian Development Bank, New Zealand Government, Australian Government, SPC, including NGOs such as Red Cross and Save the Children are acknowledged for their assistance towards the PENAMA vaccine rollout.

Yesterday’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout coincided with the rollout of the three additional vaccines for children and young girls.

A GeneXpert tool was given to the Lolowai Hospital to conduct COVID-19 tests, should there be any case.

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