Prime Minister Hon. James Marape MP has officially launched the ‘Sleeves Up’ campaign at the APEC Haus in Port Moresby on Tuesday 4 May 2021.
The campaign is the Government’s response to manage the spread of the second wave of COVID-19 and to protect the public.
PM Marape said the first batch of 100,000 vaccines had already been brought into the country and would be distributed throughout the country for the campaign.
Frontline and essential workers are encouraged to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated, however it is in their own free will to exercise their right under the National Constitution by deciding not to get vaccinated.
Mr Marape saying the vaccination has been a part of the Government’s strategy to curb and stop the worst impacts of COVID-19, and now that the vaccine was available, the Government would be using it to continue to stop the spread of COVID-19 and prevent further casualties.
The Prime Minister thanking all the development partners including the World Health Organisation, UNICEF and all the United Nations organisations, the people and Government of China, and especially the people and Government of Australia, through their Prime Minister Scott Morrison, for assisting in putting Papua New Guinea in a position to receive the first batch of Astra-Zeneca Vaccine through the COVAX Facility.
He said PNG was doing relatively well in managing the pandemic as a result of the Government’s Isolation Strategy, through which the country was able to reduce the predicted transmission rate of one person infecting three other persons to a manageable rate for the country.
Feature Pic: L-R: British High Commissioner H.E. Keith Scott, WHO Country Rep. Anna Maalson, Australian High Commissioner H.E. Jon Philp, Health Secretary Dr. Osborne Liko, Prime Minister Marape, Acting UNCEF Representative Judith Bruno, USAID Representative Rebecca Price, Pandemic Controller & Commissioner of Police David Manning and NCD Deputy Governor, Dadi Toka Jr.