Secretary to the Prime Minister & Vice-Chairman of Oversight Committee Dr. Jimmie Rodgers has announced that the country’s international borders will open by July 1st 2022. This is for those coming in and leaving the country.
Speaking during an Oversight Committee talk-back show this afternoon, Dr. Rodgers: “The Government looks to reopening of our borders by 1st of July.”
“We will make sure that we no longer have as much restrictions as we currently have.
However, he admits that: “Already most of the restrictions we had—two months ago have been relaxed because we have community transmission.”
“By the 1st of July we anticipate the restrictions will go down further to almost no restrictions. Full open border,” said Dr. Rodgers.
He said this means vaccination must step-up.
“We would like to achieve 60 to 70% full vaccination by 1st of July,” said the SPM.
He said the higher the numbers “we can open our border with confidence.”
As of today’s data, the fully vaccinated population is around 32% whereas those with first dose is around 59%.
Dr. Rodgers is optimistic that it is possible for the country to achieve 90% plus of it population vaccinated by the end of the year.
The country’s border was closed in early 2020 following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under current requirements those travelling to Solomon Islands must have two negative tests but will still have to undergo 14 days’ quarantine in a government approved quarantine centre.