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Govt urges eligible citizens to receive vaccines amid covid cases

Govt urges eligible citizens to receive vaccines amid covid cases

DILI, 26 august 2021 (TATOLI) The Government of Timor-Leste urged the eligible citizens, across the country to receive the Covid-19 vaccines as the number of Covid-19 cases has increased dramatically.

The vaccines are the only way to raise the immune system of the population to resist the Covid-19, particularly the Delta variant that had been widely spread in the communities.

“On behalf of the Government, we called on the eligible population over 18, elderly citizens over 60, and individuals with the underlying condition to get vaccinated to protect themselves from the Covid-19,” the spokesperson of the Inter-Ministerial Commission for the Covod-19 Vaccination, Maria Santinha de Jesus Gomes told the media during a press conference at the MSSI’s hall, today.

Gomes said based on the data of the Integrated Crisis Management Center (SIJK), the majority of the recent Covid-19 deaths were unvaccinated citizens.

“Government continues to provide vaccines at the health care centers for the eligible group to get vaccinated,” she affirmed.

Two weeks ago Timor-Leste received another 468.000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines, made up of 300.000 doses from Australia, and 168.000 doses supported by the Japanese government.

In Timor-Leste, of the 754.864 eligible groups, 49.8 percent had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, of which 24.1 percent have also received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Again, we are thankful to the government of Australia and Japan for keeping supporting the vaccination campaign of the Covid-19 vaccines in Timor-Leste. We also thanked the government of New Zealand, Portugal, China, and the COVAX Facility for supporting Timor-Leste with the Covid-19 vaccines” said Gomes.

Currently, the Government of Timor-Leste is working tirelessly together with the WHO, UNICEF, and PHD, to introduce the Pfizer vaccines for children between the ages of 12 and 17 to get vaccinated.

Gomes called on citizens to keep practicing good healthy habits, by washing hands regularly and thoroughly, wearing face masks, and maintaining social and physical distancing.

There has been a total of 15.296 lab-confirmed cases of the virus in Timor-Leste, with 11.192 recoveries, active cases were 4.052 and 52 deaths, according to SIJK’s data.

Journalist: Filomeno Martins

Editor: Nelia Borges Rosario

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