AstraZeneca vaccine

Vaccination, a personal choice

Green said athletes do not need approval to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

He made this statement following questions on whether Athletics PNG will let its athletes take the vaccine.

“Personally, I recommend that everyone who has the opportunity should take the vaccine and not pay attention to stories circulating via social media that are not based on science,” he stated.

“These vaccines go through very rigorous clinical trials to ensure they are safe before they are approved for use, so I have 100 percent confidence in the vaccine.”

AstraZeneca vaccine roll out

The Prime Minister was the first person to be vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Prime Minister James Marape said results have shown that the AstraZeneca vaccine has 63 percent effectiveness in preventing severe illness and death from COVID-19.

He explained that the doses of the vaccine are to be given in two parts. The second dose will be given eight to 12 weeks after the first dose.