MoH launches three-day Covid-19 vaccination campaign at Bairo-Pite village

MoH launches three-day Covid-19 vaccination campaign at Bairo-Pite village

DILI, 21 july 2021 (TATOLI) – The Ministry of Health launches a three-day COVID-19 vaccination campaign at the Bairo-Pite village of the Dom Aleixo Administrative Post, in Dili.

The new campaign aims to urge communities from 26 sub-villages of the Bairo-Pito village to get vaccinated.

Speaking at the launching ceremony of the campaign, the Vice Secretary of the Dili Municipal Authority, António Clau said according to the official data given by the Authorities of Dili Municipal Health Care Service, of the 148.000 population of the Dom Aleixo Administrative Post, 85.270 people are eligible to receive the vaccine: “Of the number, only 36.305 people had been received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, while 48.965 people haven’t vaccinated.

He said in Bairo-Pite village, around 24.232 people of the 34.923 population are eligible to receive the vaccine, saying of the number only 8.921 had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 15.307 people haven’t been vaccinated.

“Today, Vice Minister of Finance, Sara Lobo Brites, together with the Director of the Dili Health Service, Agustinha Segurado, and local authorities are here to encourage our communities in Dom Aleixo Administrative Post, particularly the communities from the 26 sub-villages of Bairo-Pite Village to get vaccinated,” said Clau.

“As we know that, last week the Government had altered its national immunization strategy to focus the immunization on municipalities and administrative posts. So, the health authorities are working together with the local leaders to mobilize, encourage and convince the communities to get vaccinated. Vaccines are important to protect ourselves and our loved ones.”

At the same place, the Vice Minister of Finance, Sara Lobo Brites who is responsible for the administration of the vaccines in the Dom Aleixo administrative post said that vaccination is the only way to free the people and the nation from COVID-19 to restore the socioeconomic situation in Timor-Leste.

“Put aside your doubts and get the vaccine. We are here to encourage you to get the vaccine as it is one of the biggest efforts that we all have to do to end the COVID-19 in the country,” said Brites.

On the same day, Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão also encourages communities in the administrative post of Cristo Rei, Ataúro Island, and Dom Aleixo to visit the nearest vaccination centers to get vaccinated.

Of the 26 sub-villages, nine hamlets would receive the vaccine today (21/07), nine tomorrow (22/07), and eight sub-villages would receive their jabs on Friday (23/07), this week.

As of 21 july, 253.780 Timorese over the age of 18 have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, which represents roughly 33.6 percent of the 754.864 eligible groups in the country. Of the number, around 65.707 (8.7%) had also received their second dose.

There has been a total of 10.205 lab-confirmed cases of the virus in Timor-Leste, with 9.440 recoveries, active cases were 739 and 26 deaths, according to data of the Ministry of Health.

Journalist: Filomeno Martins

Editor: Rafy Belo


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