Controller authorises AstraZeneca vaccine only for PNG

Police Commissioner and Controller of the PNG COVID-19 National Pandemic Response David Manning today issued Direction No.2 authorizing AstraZeneca vaccination to be administered in the vaccination roll-out program in Papua New Guinea.

Controller Manning directed that no vaccine except AstraZeneca shall be administered under the Papua New Guinea COVID-19 national Vaccination Program unless authorized in writing by the Controller. Foreign Governments with diplomatic missions in Papua New Guinea may only provide COVID-19 vaccinations to their staff within the mission (excluding PNG citizens); permanent residents to their countries; and their citizens.

The Controller further directed that:

  • Vaccinations are to be provided by medical personnel registered in PNG or by the relevant authority in the relevant foreign government’s country;
  • Vaccination used by foreign governments must have received an emergency use exemption in Papua New Guinea from the Minister of Health & HIV/AIDS per section 4 of the Medicines and Cosmetics Act 1999; and
  • A foreign government may provide a vaccination to a person who is not covered by the approved categories listed in this directive, if that person has approval in writing from the Minister of Health & HIV/AIDS.

This direction comes into effect on Thursday 3rd of June 2021, and continues in force during the period of the declaration of a pandemic or as amended in writing by the Controller.
{Direction No. 2 Regarding COVID-19 Vaccinations can be viewed on this website}

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