THE Coronavirus (Covid-19) National Control Centre (NCC) is proposing that all frontline workers in the coming General Election must be fully vaccinated, deputy controller Dr Daoni Esorom says.
He said the frontline workers in the elections included police, defence force, polling officials and anyone who would be working with the Electoral Commission.
He was responding to questions by the media on how the NCC was planning on working with the commission to ensure that there was compliance with the Niupela Pasin during the general election period amidst the low vaccination coverage.
“We are actually trying to confirm and work with the Electoral Commission to make sure that the frontline workers who will be conducting the election are fully vaccinated,” Dr Esorom said.
“If you don’t protect them, you are going to have a lot of problems with the elections.”
He said once discussions were held with the Electoral Commission, everybody who were going to be involved in the elections can be identified so that the provincial health authorities can go on with the vaccination.
“The critical condition is to have all those frontline (workers) vaccinated before we go for the elections so that they protect themselves apart from the general public.
“Most of our surges in the country were mostly driven by overcrowding but if we can get our people vaccinated and follow the protocols, I think we can have an election that would enable us to minimise the risk of transmission.”
Dr Esorom said there was a draft standard operating procedure developed for the management of the Covid-19 during election period with the controller’s office which would be finalised with the commission.
He said for campaigns, according to the measure if political parties were organising political rallies, they needed to make sure that the Covid-19 protocols were adhered to despite having more than 100 people.
“But if you look at the measure, you are required to work with NCC so that we put in guidelines and SOPs (standard operating procedures) on how to actually deliver your campaign, awareness and how you are going to make sure they conform to the Covid-19 protocols.”