THE message from Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare is clear.
Get your jab now before its too late! Because COVID-19 is a deadly killer.
Everyone of us should make no mistake about it.
Early this week the Prime Minister reiterated the message that the best way to protect ourselves, our families, and communities from this deadly silent killer is to get vaccinated.
“Do not wait until there is an outbreak – do it now. Visit any vaccination centres right now or go to the vaccination centres when our vaccination teams come to your areas,” he said.
Its important for our citizens to take heed of this message as we don’t know how soon this virus may sneak through.
People should not wait for community transmission to occur before they run to their nearest vaccination centres to get their jab.
Its better to do it early so that in the event this virus finds its way into the community, most of our people are already protected.
Its too late to get vaccinated when COVID-19 starts transmitting in our communities.
“Do not wait for a loved one to pass away from COVID-19 before you decide. If that happens, it is already too late to stop the spread and already too late to vaccinate,” the Prime Minister had emphasised.
This is an important message for our people.
Solomon Islands is so fortunate not to have any community transmission since COVID-19 became a pandemic last year.
Thus, we should not relax. We need to be on our guard.
And one way is to be vaccinated.
As Prime Minister Sogavare has highlighted the vaccines the country is using are effective against the Delta Variant of COVID-19.
We know and hear that this variant is a threat to many countries that is driving the new surge of infections around the world.
In Fiji, people have lost their lives because of this variant. Sadly, cases are rising each day. Yesterday more than 800 cases were recorded.
The vulnerable are people who are not-vaccinated.
They have no protection at all.
Therefore, to protect our youths and children below 18 years of age, everyone above 18 years of age must be vaccinated, the PM said.
Its a pity to know that a lot of people haven’t taken their jab.
“If we do not vaccinate, we put at risk not only our lives and the lives of our families, but we put at risk the lives of another 235,000 plus Solomon Islanders that cannot be vaccinated because they are under 18 years of age,” the PM said.
As part of speeding up the vaccination roll-out a number of vaccination centres have been established in parts of Honiara, Guadalcanal, Western and Choiseul.
So if you haven’t get a shot yet. Its best you visit your nearest vaccination centre today.
Get your jab and lets help save lives.