Vaccination is not compulsory, Prime Minister tells Parliament

Wednesday 11 August 2021

The National Government’s  COVID-19 vaccinations roll out program around the country is not compulsory says the Prime Minister Honorable James Marape during  this morning’s  session  of Parliament.

“Currently we have four vaccines AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, Johnson & Johnson and Sinopharm being distributed in the country.

“These  vaccines are being certified by the World Health Organization and sanctioned and we have allowed it to come into the country to help government fight against the spread of Covid-19”, said  Mr Marape.

He said the issue on Covid – 19 is real and Papua New Guinea,  the only country to pass the Pandemic Act to ensure that we have a synchronize address to Covid-19.

“Over 200 million people globally have been exposed to the foundation of the Covid-19 trend and for us to roll out the four approved vaccines in the country is essential,” he added.

Prime Minister Marape said that the vaccine availability is part of the Government’s deliberate policy and it depends on individual to choose.

“Vaccine is not compulsory and this is the policy but when it is available on our health facilities shelves, it is available and accessible for our people to choose”, he said.

He stressed that for employers, it is the choice of different work place to decide as far as work place protocol is concern.

“Work place safety is something that employers has a concern and it is not the government business to decide, and also private sectors, they wanted smooth flow of their operations”, stressed Prime Minister Marape.

K2 million has already been given to each electorate around the country for each Member of Parliament to have a basic response set up in each of their electorate to deal with the Covid-19 Pandemic.

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