SOLOMON Islands will need to administer another 240,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines before it reaches its targeted 90 per cent vaccination coverage.
Ministry of Health and Medical Services senior health adviser Dr Yogesh Choudhri revealed this during the Radio Talkback Show, Saturday.
Dr Choudhri said the current doses administered in parts of the country for persons 18 years and above are as follows;
- Rennel Bellona Province 95 per cent of the population received at least one dose and a third of that figure both doses,
- Isabel Province 70 per cent of the population received both doses,
- Malaita Province less than 10 per cent received both doses,
- Central Islands Province 8 per cent received both doses. However, the number could be higher as the province is still to submit an update report.
- Choiseul Province 50 per cent received both doses,
- Western Province 40 per cent received both doses.
- Honiara and Guadalcanal Province 41 per cent received both doses.
“To vaccinate 90 per cent of the population 18 years and above, we still need to administer 240,000 doses for the people,” Dr Choudhri said.
He said vaccination rollout for Honiara and Guadalcanal Province will continue throughout this week at the fixed sites at Lawson Tama and Solomon Ports area.
He said the vaccination mobile outreach team will also be visiting communities and companies this week.
The mobile outreach team schedule for this week is as follows;
- Monday Gilbert Camp, Woodford International School and Kukum Labourline.
- Tuesday Mbua Valley community, Alligator Fighter One.
- Wednesday Koloale community and Universal Traders.
- Thursday Lungga community and Solomon Soap Ranadi.
- Friday Mariners Shipping, Naha One and Cross Road community opposite Kokonut Pacific.
“Saturday and Sunday these mobile outreach teams take the days off to recuperate,” Dr Choudhri said.
Meanwhile the country’s total number of COVID-19 cases has now reached 5684 with 119 new cases recorded yesterday. The country’s total number of deaths now stands at 77.