Children 5-11 Years Advised to Stay Indoors While Awaiting Second Doses

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A frontline healthcare vaccinator gets right down to ensure level eye contact with a young boy as he receives his 1st dose. Photo: MOH

Sunday 3 April 2022 Apia Samoa. While Samoa battles to contain the spread of covid-19 in the community, the Minsitry of Health have advised parents of children 5-11 years to stay indoors and practice other covid preventative measures.

Second doses for children 5-11 years are not yet due and the arrival of paediatric Pfizer vaccines for children is being timed for the rollout.

The Ministry informs parents that guidelines require a gap of 4-8 weeks between the first and second dose of the children’s paediatric Pfizer vaccine.

“The second dose for your child will be rolled out soon after the receipt of the children’s vaccines.”

The Ministry will provide the vaccination roll-out schedule in due time.

In the meantime, the Ministry advises parents to keep children at home and continue preventative measures such as handwashing, wearing a mask, and keeping 2 metre distances.

There have been 64 positive cases of children between 5-9 years and 120 cases of children between 10-14 years.