Public Servants from offices housed at the Central Government Building at Waigani received their covid-19 vaccination today (Friday 8th October).
Two heads of agencies were among those who received their vaccinations when the NCD Provincial Health Authority Team provided the service to those departments housed at the CGO.
The Secretary for Department of Personnel Management Ms Taies Sansan and the Chief Censor Jimmy Abani were among staff from DPM, Immigration & Citizenship Authority, Foreign Affairs and others who received their covid-19 vaccines when the .
Executive Manager Dr Lucy John who addressed the staff prior to vaccination said, they were happy to provide vaccines to officers housed at the building.
A presentation was conducted by the National Department of Health WHO representative Dr Deborah Bettels.
Dr Bettel in her presentation provided background information of 3 of the vaccines that are available in PNG namely, Johnsons & Johnsons, Astrazeneca and Sinopharm.
DPM Secretary Ms Sansan in her remarks urged those public servants who are willing to take the vaccine to come forward and receive it as it was an opportunity provided to staff of those government agencies housed at the Central Government Building to come forward and be vaccinated.
Secretary Sansan said, a circular was issued by the Secretary for PMNEC Ivan Pomaleu urging public servants to get vaccinated. It is voluntary but it is up to every individual to make those judgements.
Ms Sansan also highlighted the spike that’s being experienced in the Highlands region and said we don’t know what will happen in other regions.
“On behalf of the government we are encouraging public servants to come on board and get vaccinated”.