PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare has warned that people who continue to spread lies to hamper our efforts to vaccinate our population will be charged.
The Prime Minister in his recent 2021 Independence Address reminded citizens that Solomon Islands is still under a state of public emergency.
Prime Minister Sogavare said the Government is very conscious of the powers it has under the Emergency Powers Regulations, however, they are wary of using it.
“There are misinformation and lies that are propagated by some people that is aimed at hampering our efforts to vaccinate our population. Spreading this false information is putting our country, our families and our children at risk. We must not succumb to such malicious lies. However, if these lies continue to be disseminated then people who spread these lies will be charged,” he said.
The Prime Minister cautioned that we must not be complacent and let our guards down.
He said the COVID-19 virus is mutating and we must be vigilant.
“Our vaccination roll-out program is our weapon against fighting this virus,” Prime Minister Sogavare said.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister said the Government has now opened up vaccination for everyone above the age of 18.
“If you are not yet vaccinated, please go and get your jab,” he said.
Prime Minister Sogavare said the situation in neighboring Fiji is truly worrying.
The Prime Minister said the Delta Variant in Fiji is very contagious.
“We have students in Fiji and we will be bringing them home soon. Therefore, it is imperative that we vaccinate ourselves to protect ourselves, our families and our country,” he said.
Prime Minister Sogavare said citizens in the country have an individual and collective duty to protect this country.
“Let us discharge this duty by getting vaccinated,” the Prime Minister encouraged.