Over 65,000 People have been Vaccinated in Samoa

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The latest Update Report issued 1.40pm today confirms that 65,828 people have been vaccinated since the measles outbreak which has now claimed 33 lives in Samoa, one fatality in the past 24 hours.

Report Update No11 issued this afternoon states that, “A total of 32,743 vaccinations were completed before the Mass Vaccination Campaign”.

The breakdown of that 32 thousand is recorded as:

6months to 4 years – 4222
 5 to 19 years – 14,145
 20 to 39 years – 9,283
 40-49 years – 3058
 50+ – 2035

In additoon to that number, “since the activation of the Mass Vaccination Campaign on 20 November 2019, the Ministry has successfully vaccinated 33,085 individuals in both Upolu and Savaii”.

A Mass Vaccination Campaign for measles was handed down as an Order of the State of Emergency declared 15 November 2019, requiring all parents to vaccinate their children and all adults to receive ‘booster shots’ for measles.

Before the Order for Mass Vaccination was handed down, doctors and medical professionals  predicted that 75,000 children needed to be vaccinated in Samoa and that coverage for Samoa could be as low as 10%.

Samoa’s low MMR1 / MMR2 vaccination coverage has exacerbated the measles epidemic with 2,686 cases reported to the Disease Surveillance Team to date.

According to UNICEF, coverage rates dropped to 40 percent and 28 percent for the two-dose vaccine, far lower than the 95% needed to contain the spread od measles. Vaccine scepticism in Samoa worsened last year when two infants died after receiving vaccines that were mistakenly mixed with an anaesthetic.

The hard working vaccination team at Matagialalua, behind Nelson Memorial Library.

The team at at the Matagialalua Clinic in Apia confirmed that they had administered over 800 vaccinations today alone.

Most of those are completed in the morning with the clinic failry empty when Samoa Global News visited around 2pm today.

Matagialalua administered 800 today but was empty by mid afternoon.

Asked a conference with the media today, the Director General of Health Leausa Dr Take Naseri  said the Mass Vaccination Campaign may open to women over the age of 35 and all men over 19 years next week.

“E leiloa pe fuafua atu i le vaiaso fou e tatala ai loa.”

The latest report shows 13 deaths are babies less than a year old, 16 are between the ages of 1-4, 3 are teenagers and one 37 year old who was reported to have had other health complications.

Parents are urged to seek medical advice early, as soon as these are symptoms such as fever, rash, and for babies under 12 months, signs such as difficulty breathing and not taking food.

Children and youth under 19 have been banned from public gatherings and pregnant women are no longer allowed in workplaces as Samoa continues the battle to contain the epidemic.

REPORT NO.11 IN VERBATIM:

NATIONAL EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTRE: PRESS RELEASE 1.  November 27, 2019

UPDATE ON THE MEASLES OUTBREAK

The Ministry of Health confirms a total of 2,686 measles cases have been reported to the Disease Surveillance Team, since the outbreak started. There were 249 recorded in the last 24 hours.

To date, 33 measles related deaths have been recorded, with one fatality in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 193 measles cases who are in-patients at all health facilities. Of this, 159 are at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital (TTMH), 5 at Poutasi District Hospital, 18 at the Leulumoega Rural District Hospital, 3 at the Malietoa Tanumafili II Hospital (MTIIH), 3 at Foailalo District Hospital, 2 at Sataua and 3 at Safotu District Hospital.

The total number of measles cases admitted to all hospitals recorded for the outbreak to date is 798. Of that, 572 patients have been discharged.

VACCINATION UPDATE:
A total of 32,743 vaccinations were completed before the Mass Vaccination Campaign. Of these, the age groups are outlined below:
 6months to 4 years – 4222
 5 to 19 years – 14,145
 20 to 39 years – 9,283
 40-49 years – 3058
 50+ – 2035

Since the activation of the Mass Vaccination Campaign on 20 November 2019, the Ministry has successfully vaccinated 33,085 individuals in both Upolu and Savaii.

NEOC continues to be the focal point providing collaboration and operational coordination amongst all stakeholders, with advice and technical guidance from MOH for the duration of the Emergency Period.

Please direct all enquiries to the National Emergency Operation Center (NEOC) on telephone number 997, and 911 for Emergencies.

—ENDS—