PNG hopelessly off vaccination targets

PAPUA New Guinea is falling hopelessly short of achieving the goal of vaccinating 1.8 million people against Covid-19 before the end of 2021.
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Dr Daoni Esorom

Staff Reporter

National pandemic response deputy controller Dr Daoni Esorom said that 279,220 had received a first dose and a further 211,421 who had been fully vaccinated.
 
The National newspaper reported that the 2021 target was 1,869,379 doses of AstraZeneca, Sinopharm or Johnson and Johnson.
 
"Only 11.3% have been fully vaccinated and this is very low. We have to work hard to make sure that we vaccinate a bigger percentage of the population and our primary focus is to increase the vaccination rate.
 
"We need to focus on three important categories: frontline health workers, with only just over 30% fully vaccinated, other frontline workers and those with comorbidities," Dr Esorom said.
 
He warned that the Omicron variant posed new challenges and his team was addressing the issue of providing booster third vaccinations for those already double-dosed.
 
He said work was also being done on what vaccines should be given to young people between 12 and 17, and those between 5 and 11.

 

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