A TOTAL of 3479 people have been vaccinated so far with no serious side effects experienced.
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare stated this during his nationwide address today.
The Prime Minister said only two cases out of the 3,479 that were vaccinated, were referred to NRH outpatient department.
However, he said both cases were unrelated to the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Prime Minister Sogavare said he was informed that it was related to other causes including anxiety and panic attacks.
“As of 16th April a total of 3479 within the prioritized groups for vaccination in Honiara have received their dose of AstraZeneca vaccine. This is only 49 percent completion rate, which leaves 3522 doses yet to be administered,” Prime Minister Sogavare said.
He said the breakdown of those who have taken their vaccinations are as follows:
The Prime Minister also announced that the Ministry of Health and Medical Services are now inviting the following groups of people to get their vaccinations at the Central Field Hospital.
Prime Minister Sogavare said it is advisable that those with existing medical conditions, to bring their medical cards with them.
“This first roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccination in Honiara will close on Friday 30 April 2021. This is to allow the Ministry of Health and Medical Services to focus on the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccination in Choiseul province, Western province, and Malaita Outer Islands,” he said.
Prime Minister Sogavare said this will also allow the Health Ministry to finalize its plans for the rollout of the Sinopharm vaccines.
“Vaccination remains the most effective way in which we can combat the COVID-19 global pandemic,” he said.
The Prime Minister said the Chair of the National Coordinating Committee on COVID-19 Vaccines will provide further information on scheduling of vaccinations by groups in the coming days.