The Government of Samoa will conduct a “Follow-up Mass Vaccination Campaign” this Friday 19 November 2021 from 8am to 6pm throughout the whole country.
In a press conference with the media this afternoon, Head of the National Emergency Operation Center (NEOC) Agafili Tomaimano Shem Leo and Director General of Health Leausa Dr Take Naseri said the aim of the follow-up campaign is to ensure the more than 13,000 people who received their first dose during the September nation-wide vaccination programme, will receive their second doses and be fully vaccinated.
“By the end of September more than 13,000 people had just had their first vaccination with the AstraZeneca,” said Agafili.
In addition, Dr Naseri said more than 15,000 people had passed the vaccination deadline for their second dose, but never came in to be vaccinated.
“A large number of health workers have been assigned to monitor this and ensure that all of these people are fully vaccinated”, he said.
There are 109 teams planned to carry out the mass vaccination campaign, working closely with village councils.
The NEOC Chair also confirmed Friday was NOT A PUBLIC HOLIDAY but added police blocks may require the public to show proof of vaccination.
“The roads will also be open to the traveling public, however, there may be police check points on the roads which may require a show of the general public’s vaccination cards”.
Agafili says the nation-wide follow-up is part of collective efforts to fortify Samoa’s national response to the unprecedented impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The Head of NEOC says the hope is to achieve herd immunity for Samoa, currently standing at 71.5% fully vaccinated amongst eligible adults over 18 years.
It was also pointed out that the vaccination schedule for children aged 12 to 17 years is going well and still on track.
“The committee implores the country’s support to help the vaccination teams to identify the families and individuals who require vaccination by tying a piece of red cloth, or a red flag in front of their residences, organizations and businesses..
“The committee also encourages the general public to carry their vaccination cards on this day..
“We pray fervently that our Lord Jesus Christ will continue to guide and bless this purpose for the security of the country,” states Agafili Tomaimano.