VACCINATION NUMBERS DROP IN NOVEMBER


November 25, 2021 - 127 views

The number of people getting vaccinated this month has dropped drastically, as compared to October. 

The deputy Controller of the PNG COVID-19 National Pandemic Response Dr Daoni Esoram says the numbers went up when people had seen cases increasing and people dying. 

The drop in numbers of vaccinations has been linked to a drop in COVID cases reported in November compared to October. 

“This really reflects the general behavior of our people in all health matters. They do not take preventive measures until something happens to them and they react. This is why we lost so many people in this wave, driven mainly by the Delta Variant. Had people listened and got vaccinated earlier, they would have developed some immunity with the help of the vaccine long before the Delta Variant arrived. 

“You can’t get vaccinated today and expect to be protected against the virus in the next few days as some had done and unfortunately did not make it when they got the virus. It takes time for the vaccine to work so people have to be smart and get vaccinated now when they’re well and healthy,” he says. 

Dr. Daoni however is encouraging more people get the vaccine since COVID is here to stay, with one of the three approved vaccines for PNG offer immunity against the virus. 

The three vaccines are: AstraZeneca Oxford, Johnson and Johnson and Sinopharm.

Despite the number of surges going down, the number of new COVID-19 cases being reported per day is still high. As of November 24, 2021, there were 102 new cases reported raising the country’s confirmed cases to 34,707. There were also 13 new deaths which raised the confirmed known deaths to 542.

As of today, November 25, 2021, a total of 272,141 have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine which is 14.6 per cent of the target population of 1,869,279 for 2021. Those fully vaccinated stand at 201,318 which is 10.8 per cent of the target population for 2021.

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