Setting vaccine example

AUSTRALIA’S high commissioner to Papua New Guinea, Jon Philp, and others have joined the drive to promote the vaccine roll-out currently taking place in the country.
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Australian high commissioner to PNG, Jon Philp, gets his vaccination in Madang

Staff Reporter

Philp received his second dose of AstraZeneca vaccine at the Modilon Hospital vaccine roll-out launch in Madang.
Many joined him including Melanesian Tourist Services' Sir Peter Barter, Catholic Bishops Conference Father Philip Gibbs, well-known charity worker Maureen Hill alongside many healthcare workers.
This follows the identification by the National Department of Health and WHO of vaccine hesitancy and misinformation as one of the biggest challenges faced by frontline health workers to deliver a safe and effective vaccination program.
The organisations have been arranging virtual question and answer panels, supported by the PNGAusPartnership.
The open, online discussion covered a range of issues relating to vaccines in PNG, from the chemistry of the vaccination to busting myths, discussing efficacy and possible side effects as well as practical questions about PNG's vaccination roll out.
Panellists included Dr Dessie Mekonnen (WHO PNG), Sister Betty Mundua (Angau Memorial Provincial Hospital), Sister Bisato Gula (Daru General Hospital), Professor John Vince (School of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University Papua New Guinea), Rebecca Walker and Dr Anne Hoey (Burnet Institute), Professor Fiona Russell (University of Melbourne) and Kylie Jenkins (Pacific health adviser). 
Meanwhile, pandemic controller David Manning has reported that PNG recorded 63 new Covid-19 cases by midday on June 14, increasing the country's total cases to 16,791.
There have been 165 known deaths.
Total of 41,297 people on PNG have received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine. This includes 6571 heath workers and 33,707 essential workers. 


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