Sunday 22 August 2021 Apia Samoa. As New Zealand extends its nation-wide lockdown with 21 new cases of the delta variant on Saturday, Samoa forges ahead with its vaccination campaign completing a successful week on the Big Island of Savaii.
The Ministry of Health launched a “Door to Door Mass Vaccination Campaign” just over two weeks ago on Wednesday 11th August.
This week Samoa’s vaccinators have been in Savaii, moving from village to village, going into homes, finding people as they commute from their farms, and giving every Samoan the opportunity to be vaccinated.
In addition to that, the fixed sites remain for people to visit each day.
Samoa’s vaccination count as of midnight 19 August 2021 stands at 70.8% for the first dose, and 30% of the eligible population fully vaccinated with second doses complete.
Samoa has an eligible population of 130,000 not including children under 18, however, the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) Chair Agafili Tomaimano Shem Leo and Director of Health Leausa Dr Take Naseri have indicated in previous updates that a vaccine for children 12 years and up, is next on their list of priorities.
As our neighbors in New Zealand and Fiji continue lockdowns, Samoa is blessed to enjoy free movement. Our schools were able to host the annual Champ of Champs last week, we can attend weddings, birthdays and funerals and fellowship at church on Sundays.
Our citizens are being repatriated and crucial import products continue to be available on island through the arrival of vessels – all under stringent border conditions imposed to date.
On this Sunday, we pause to recognise the unsung heroes, the frontline workers: of doctors, nurses, police, staff of the airport, staff of our sea port, officers of immigration, customs, quarantine, stevedoring services, right down to drivers and cleaners, who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to allow us the privileges and freedoms of movement we can still enjoy here in Samoa, as a Covid19 free nation.
The Ministry of Health has declared a goal of 99% by the end of August.
The NEOC, Disaster Management Office and Ministry of Health message remains the same – Get Vaccinated to be Protected. Do it for Samoa. Yes We Can 🤗. Contact 800 6440 for more details.
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