SOLOMON Islands’ vaccination population now reaches 32%, Ministry of Health & Medical Service (MHMS), Permanent Secretary, Mrs Pauline McNeil revealed.
This was for the people who are 18 years and above and at least 58% for those who are getting their first vaccination doses.
Mrs McNeil made the revelation yesterday during the COVID-19 talk back show over the national broadcaster-SIBC
She was speaking via zoom, where at least all the panel members of the talk back show spoke via zoom.
“…18 years and above who get their two doses stands at 32% at least 1 dose stands at 58%,” she said.
The breakdown of the vaccination percentages per province are as follows;
For Honiara and Guadalcanal for two doses stand at 41%, for Choiseul for two doses 49.1%, for Western Province was 39.1%, for Malaita 10%, for Temotu 33%, Central Islands Provinces was 8%, Isabel 69%, Makira 14%, and Rennell & Bellona Province 66%.
“We are doing well in vaccination as well and respond to Covid-19,” she said.
She added that all citizens have been acknowledged by MHMS for doing well.
Mrs McNeil said MHMS starts to consolidate COVID-19 vaccine doses data from provinces.
Report on 2nd February 2022 stated that the total doses administered to date have now stood at 774,348.
The health team also administered AstraZeneca a total of 328, 631 and Sinopharm 45,717.
“In addition to that, we also administer Pfizer vaccine and the total to date where the health team administered and delivered were 4,559 for age group 12 to 15 years old and pregnant women and of course those who need booster dose,” she said.
She said just to give you the picture of the demography of health and especially to define our work on vaccination, within the last six weeks we have delivered or administered 90,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses.
This was equal to equity to the rate of 15,000 doses administered per week.
“So we acknowledge the hardworking health team in Honiara and in the provinces and also communities where they mobilise themselves and individuals for them to come forward to get the vaccine,” she said.
COVID-19 cases in the country are slowly improving.
By LACHLAN EDDIE