The frontline workers get COVID-19 vaccine in Timor-Leste

The frontline workers get COVID-19 vaccine in Timor-Leste

DILI, april 19, 2021 (TATOLI) – The Ministry of Health opened up access for the frontline workers to get the shot of the COVID-19 vaccine and planned to offer more shots down to municipalities.

The Director-General of the Health Provision Service, Odete Viegas said more than 1,080 frontline individuals in Dili have accessed to the covid-19 vaccine from April 7 to 18.

“According to the plan, the vaccine implementation in Dili is only two weeks and now we have taken 1,018 vaccines at the national level. This means that we have been using 14,000 doses of the vaccine, ” Director Viegas said. 

She explained, the plan of implementing the vaccine in Dili is for only two weeks, meaning that it will end on April 21, because in other municipalities it has been started the vaccine on the 12th according to the calendar and others started the vaccine on April 16th.

“We have to offer the vaccine according to the existing plan. We hope that 24 doses of the vaccine will be finished this April, ” She said.

It is estimated that the second phase of the Vaccine will arrive in Timor-Leste in late May, those who have received the first dose of the vaccine will continue with the second dose. However, according to health observations, there was no maximum participation from the frontline in the first dose of the vaccine.

“If the participation is maximum then we will finish all the existing doses. Because the 24 doses of vaccine must be completed to wait for the second dose,” Ms. Viegas said.

According to Viegas, the first vaccine must be completed in April because the drug will be expired in May.

Following the data reports from the Ministry of Health, the total number of frontline individuals in Dili is 13,000 and a total of 5,000 people working on the frontline have received the vaccine, only 8,000 people have not received the vaccine.

These frontlines including the Health Workers, Police, Airport staffs, Journalist and other frontline workers from the relevant ministries who have continued going to work throughout the pandemic.

PNTL General Command, Chief Superintendent Arnaldo Araújo, said 4 thousand members of the National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL) have been signup for the vaccination, throughout the territory, which is equivalent to 70% of their entire police force.

Mr. Araújo also stressed that the police vaccination process in the municipalities is almost complete, with only a few in Dili are still waiting to get the vaccine.

“This vaccine is not mandatory. still I asked police officers to receive it since The PNTL is the front line ,” he said.

Journalist: Felicidade Ximenes,Nelson de Sousa

Editor: Cipriano Colo


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