The Vaturisu Council of Chiefs has made its position clear that it would not approve for the borders to reopen until all eligible citizens are fully vaccinated.
This decision was resolved during a council’s urgent meeting last Friday.
While they acknowledged the Ministry of Health, stakeholders, and the COVID-19 team for their excellent coordination and roll-out of the vaccination since day one, Vaturisu is concerned that not all people in the targeted group on Efate have taken their vaccines.
A statement issued by Vaturisu claimed that a high number of people have yet to receive their jabs, therefore, it would pose a risk to the whole population of Port Vila and Efate.
Currently, the vaccination roll-out program is being implemented in other provinces.
The Efate Council of Chiefs, therefore, called on all eligible citizens to get vaccinated quickly.
“The role of the Vaturisu Chiefs is to ensure protection is provided to all citizens and residents of Port Vila and Efate, as a whole. The lives of the residents and citizens of Efate matter to the council,” Chairman of Vaturisu, Chief Simeon Poilapa said in the statement.