There has been a notable increase in vaccination numbers after the COVID-19 community outbreak was first detected in Honiara and in the provinces.

The update was made by the Health Minister Dr. Culwick Togamana during his COVID-19 situation update on the national broadcaster, SIBC.

He says a total of 445,384 doses of AstraZeneca and Sinopharm vaccines have been administered to date.

The Health Minister says 39.2% of those above 18 years of age are now fully vaccinated. 65.1% of the eligible population in the country have also received one dose of the vaccine.

“It is a great achievement by our team who are making all efforts to reach all our communities. I would also like to sincerely acknowledge all community leaders, elders, men, women, girls, and boys for the ongoing support rendered to our health teams and for coming forward,” Dr Culwick said.

He says that the Pfizer vaccine is now being administered in Honiara for those between 12 and 18 years of age and pregnant women. He says the vaccine will soon be expanded to other provinces.

Dr. Culwick says 16,192 doses of the Pfizer vaccine has been administered to date. This includes 9,805 as first dose, and 2,965 as second dose. 3,422 have also been administered as booster doses for those 18 years and above.