Samoa’s fully vaccinated rate rises, public urged to vaccinate
The national vaccination programme spearheaded by the Ministry of Health is continuing to close the gap to achieve the Ministry’s 95-100% full vaccination coverage goal.
Efforts have been boosted through the second nationwide mass vaccination drive which took place on 19th November and the simultaneous roll-out the Pfizer vaccine and the vaccination campaign for 12-17 year olds.
As of 25th November 84.3% of the eligible population (18 years and over) have been fully vaccinated and 95.9% have received the first dose of the Astra Zeneca vaccine. Meanwhile, more than 23,000 children aged 12-17 years, pregnant and lactating mothers have been vaccinated with the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
Based on current trends, it is expected that the 95-100% target should be achieved by the end of the year.
The Ministry and the Wolrd Health Organisation are continuing to call on everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated as soon it is their turn and encourage members of the public to obtain information on vaccines from medical professionals to overcome concerns and misinformation.
In related developments, the State of Emergency has been extended to 19th December.