Papua New Guinea Vaccine Support

Australia has committed $144.7 million for COVID-19 vaccine access during 2020-23 in Papua New Guinea.

  • 275,270 vaccine doses delivered to date from Australia's own supply line
  • COVID-19 vaccines procured through Australia’s agreement with UNICEF

Supporting National Vaccine Rollout
  • Training for health workers
  • Vaccine transportation and roll-out in remote provinces
  • Cold chain equipment
  • Communications campaigns to raise awareness and promote vaccination in the community

Providing Technical Expertise
  • Strengthening systems to ensure vaccine safety
  • Using evidence to build quality immunisation programs


Our Impact So Far

  • Provided direct funding to 21 provincial health authorities and the Bougainville Department of Health, to support the operational expenditure for the vaccine rollout including distribution, training and equipment.
  • Supported the ‘Sleeves up’ communications campaign to fight vaccine hesitancy, manage misinformation and reach vulnerable groups.
  • Targeted support helped PNG’s Treaty villages to reach a vaccination rate over 24% and in Western Province a rate of more than 4%, compared to the national average pf 1.9% for the same period (as at 20 October).
  • Funding for a private vaccine clinic in Port Moresby, which has administered 31,000 (13% of total) vaccines in PNG as of 30 September 2021.
Sleeves Up Campaign

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