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THE PROGRESS of vaccination in Honiara for the first two weeks of this month had shown a big increase.

The current total vaccinated population reported as of Friday 11 February since the outbreak in Honiara is 13,553 for all of Solomon Islands.

Huge increased was recorded during the end of the first week and second week of February 2022.

” More than 1000 people attend daily to vaccination sites and have their jabs ,’’ said the MHMS Head of Child and reproductive health, Dr Sera Habu.

She stated this during the Friday 11th February Covid19 update radio talk back show.

She said communities had fully supported and warmly appreciate the health workers.

“We appreciate the members of the Communities who had organised themselves to get their jabs,’’ said Dr Habu.

She said vaccination Medical staffs has started their training and plans with provincial medical teams to enable them to kick start the Pfizer vaccine roll out in the provinces.

“I would like to encourage our people to please take the opportunity when the vaccination team arrives at your area to get vaccine. As we try to control transmission with all measures, it is also important to be vaccinated, this will contribute to reduce the increase of hospitalisation and death cases,’’ said Dr Habu.

Speaking this evening at the COVID-19 update radio talk back show, PS MHMS Pauline McNeill said 70 percent of people are on first dose.

“70% are on first dose and that figure exclude the provinces. Our vaccination team had reach out to 50 communities in Honiara and some work places,” said McNeil.

She said vaccination roll out for next week will be at the Lawson Tama and Solomon Islands Ports area (SIPA) after some discussion has been made with Honiara City council.

Following reviews of deaths carried out by the Ministry they found that most covid19 related deaths were related to unvaccination with underlying health condition.

In spite of that Permanent Secretary MHMS Pauline McNeil said the call for vaccination which they have been advocating for almost a year still remains an important call.

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