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DILI, 20 january 2022 (TATOLI)—Timor-Leste’s government through the Minister of Health (MoH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) set up a new Micro Plan to ensure 100% rates of the vaccine. Timor-Leste is currently reaching 70% of second doses of vaccine.

The Ministry of Health (MoH) and WHO (World Health Organization), is setting up a new micro plan of Covid-19 vaccine, to ensure the Timor-leste country can reach 100% of full vacation.

Based on the WHO’s data, the vaccination rate in Timor-Leste has reached 83.9% for the first and second doses, or fully vaccine just reached 70%.

Vice Minister of Health, Bonifacio Maucoli dos Reis said, the Ministry of Health and WHO  continues discussions focused on the micro plan.

It is to review human resources, logistics, and mechanisms used to persuade people who had not received the first and second doses of vaccine.

“Our discussion will present new ideas to strengthen vaccination coverage to remote areas. As 30% of the population has not yet received the vaccine,”  Bonifacio said at the Novo Turismo Hotel on thursday.

He added that this plan is required due to the Omicron presence in Timor-Leste. It needs more effort from a health professional to complete the vaccine.

Thus, the micro plan is provided, enabling a new mechanism to reach people living in remote areas.  They do not have information on the current date of vaccination rate. It is most required to complete 100% vaccine.

“Currently, vaccines in all municipalities have reached more than 80%. It especially refers to Viqueque, Covalima, and Dili municipalities with a total of 70%.

He added that Ermera municipality is the lowest number and most required to figure out.

Mr. Reis also appeals to the local authority to mobilize the community, especially remote people. Thus, collaboration with health workers is required.

The Minister of Health must provide vaccine campaigns in remote areas to increase people’s comprehensive on vaccination. It has contributed to reaching the target rate.

WHO representative in TL, Arvind Mathur emphasized that although Omicron causes milder disease than Delta, Omicron is still a dangerous virus, especially for those who are not vaccinated. It is known that the Omicron variant spreads faster than the Delta.

Transmission has occurred even among those vaccinated or with a history of previous infection. There is increasing evidence that this variant is capable of evading immunity.

“Vaccines still appear to be very effective at protecting you from serious illness, hospitalization, and death. Therefore, we need to accelerate efforts to vaccinate all at-risk populations. People who are still not yet vaccinated should be vaccinated as soon as possible,” he said.

Mr. Arvind noted, globally, more than 9 billion doses of vaccine have been administered, exceeding the total world population of 7 billion.

It is 59% of the total population in all WHO country Members, at least one dose of COVID-19. However, more than 85% of Africa’s population, for about one billion people, have not received a single dose of the vaccine.

“In total, 1.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in areas with 1.3 million inhabitants,” he said.

He applauds for the leadership of Primer Mister and Minister of Health, on dedication work efforts to combat covid-19.

WHO has budgeted around 20 million USD, on COVID-19 response including substantial funding for COVID-19 vaccination campaigns at national and sub national levels.

“This includes my highly dedicated and competent team of One International Technical Officer, five national staff and 13 international consultants who work closely with MoH and municipal level teams,” he concluded.

Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá

Editor: Rafy Belo

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