Prime Minister James Marape led by example yet again sending a clear message to the people of Papua New Guinea that COVID-19 vaccinations were safe and available to all Papua New Guineans, and his Government was committed to ensuring that everyone who wants them – has access.

Prime Minister joined his colleague Members of Parliament Ministers Kerenga Kua and Jelta Wong and Governor Allan Bird to receive the COVID-19 Booster.

“People the world over are lining up for Booster shots and it is incumbent on my Government to give our people access to leading science and research in so far as COVID-19 vaccines are concerned. The direction from the Pandemic Controller was clear, and was supported and reiterated by the Secretary for Health last week. The vaccines are here for our benefit – I urge all our people to get vaccinated,’’ said Hon. James Marape.

Meanwhile, Minister for Health and HIV/AIDS Jelta Wong has received preliminary reports of an impending surge being experienced at the Port Moresby General Hospital with positivity rates over 50% in the past week. Minister Wong advised that the surge was expected after large gatherings took place over the Christmas period. Minister Wong further reiterated that our best defence against COVID-19 is to practice the Niupela Pasin and get vaccinated.