Ok Tedi Mining Limited (OTML) has launched the rollout of its COVID-19 vaccine booster program in Tabubil on January 19th following the release of the Booster Vaccination Direction by the Controller.

In its continuous effort to protect the workforce, community and operations from COVID-19, the Company, through the Tabubil Hospital, has commenced a major awareness drive to support the booster vaccination program.

OTML Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Musje Werror, was the first to receive his booster jab in front of OTML and Tabubil Hospital staff and urged other OTML employees, contractors, and members of the community to get their boosters including those that have yet to be vaccinated.

“COVID-19 is still present and continues to cause challenges in all the countries around the world. New variants are emerging and is affecting the lives of many people. The vaccines remain the best defence to preventing serious illness or deaths and as a responsible Company we have made the vaccines available on site.”

So far 50% of OTML’s workforce or over 4000 workers have been vaccinated and are eligible for a booster jab.

Mr Werror said the company’s policy on voluntary vaccination remains but urged the workforce to be mindful of the new COVID variant, Omicron, which poses a potential risk given only half the workforce has been vaccinated.

“We are not going to force people to get vaccinated, but we hope with the awareness and what is happening around the world, people will make the right decision,” said Mr Werror.

OTML received 470 vials of the Johnston & Johnston vaccine equivalent to 2, 350 doses, and 90 vials of the Astra Zeneca vaccine with 900 doses.