PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare has called on individuals and organizations who continue to advocate against the vaccines to stop, get vaccinated to protect themselves and their children from COVID-19.
The Prime Minister made this statement during his nationwide address today.
Prime Minister Sogavare said we do not have to go down the path other countries have gone in letting community transmission occur before trying to vaccinate.
“We must vaccinate now before we have community transmission to protect ourselves, our children, our families, and our country because that is the best way to control community transmission,” he said.
The Prime Minister said it is sad to see young children dying from COVID-19 in many countries because their parents did not get vaccinated, and the children could not be vaccinated.
He said the Delta variant affects children as well as adults.
Prime Minister Sogavare said those who still have doubts about COVID-19 vaccines, their effectiveness against COVID-19, or their safety, should be assured the vaccines used in Solomon Islands are safe and effective.
“The vaccines have been approved by WHO for emergency use to ensure that during this pandemic we can be protected from COVID-19,” he said.
The Prime Minister said so far we have administered almost 74,000 doses and we have not registered a major vaccine-related catastrophe.
“Protecting our people from our common enemy, COVID-19 is best achieved when we all work together to achieve our collective goal of keeping Solomon Islands safe from COVID-19,” the Prime Minister said.