LACK of Coronavirus (Covid-19) and vaccine awareness among health workers in Papua New GUinea's Madang has affected vaccine advocacy in communities and vaccination roll-out, an official says.
Paul Mabong, assistant director policy programmes with Madang health authority (MPHA) said the province had a very high hesitancy rate with vaccine coverage of the total population less than three per cent. “We’ve found that many of our health workers are in the same boat as the people they serve – meaning that they have not been vaccinated,” he said.
“About 76 per cent of our health workers have been vaccinated; we have 24 per cent yet to vaccinate which we see as crucial because they have an influence in their communities.
“Their hesitancy is a stumbling block in the work of Covid-19.”
Sister-in-charge of Bunabun Health Centre Veronica Kinam only received her first dose of AstraZeneca (AZ) last Friday after more than a year of evading it.
The National / PNG Health News
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