There are no intentions by the Government to penalise people and families who refuse to be vaccinated especially the children who are most vulnerable to the measles virus.
Chairman of the Disaster Advisory Committee, Ulu Bismarck Crawley, prefers to continue to appeal to the families and parents, to be more responsible for the safety of everyone by being vaccinated.
“Parents should give their support to the campaign effort so we can protect the country from the epidemic continuing to spread,” Ulu appealed.
“The children must have their measles shots or not only will they be affected now but with their future schooling.”
Ulu disclosed that the Ministries of Health and Education are working together to ensure that all children have received all their immunisation injections from 6 months to 5 years before they can be allowed in school.
He said work is still continuing following the two day emergency mass vaccination campaign last week to try and have everyone vaccinated.
The national state of emergency 4 weeks run ends this Sunday and Ulu is not clear if it will be extended.
There are still new measles related cases reported from the Ministry of Health since the mass vaccination with a week or so left to go before the vaccine injections starts to work.
Ulu estimates the cost of the emergency mass vaccination at $3.4m tala from the start of the national state emergency proclamation.
“ Not included are staff working time, petrol, electricity, water, communications cost through the television and radio and internet providers.
“ There were about 700 people who worked during the two days of the emergency vaccination and they included members of the team from Hawaii and New Zealand, drivers and statics staff workers and the police.”