Vaccination numbers near 35,000

The nation’s vaccination count has reached 34,888 with data showing close to a thousand people getting vaccinated a day after Independence Day. 

The Ministry’s updated figures were shared on social media on Thursday morning, outlining that men continue to make up most of the vaccination numbers. 

Out of the total 34,888 individuals who have received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, a total of 19,181 are males and 15,707 females. 

The nation is on its second batch of vaccines which were received through the COVAX Facility two weeks ago after the early rollout led to the depletion of the first 24,000 batch.

Starting Monday, vaccination administration was held in the villages of Sagaga 3 and Sagaga 4. They are, Aleisa Sisifo, Leauvaa Tai, Leauvaa Uta; Levi, Salepoua’e and Nono’a Saleimoa; Utualii and Tufulele.

The sites did not open on Tuesday which was Independence Day and was public holiday, otherwise they reopened from 9am to 6pm from Wednesday.  

Additional fixed sites are located at the Fugalei Market, the Red Cross Headquarters in Tuanaimato, Health Centre at Matagialalua, the Samoa Tourism Authority Fale on Beach Road, the Ah Liki Bluebird Warehouse in Vaitele-tai, the Samoa National Provident Fund Vaitele and the National Kidney Foundation at Motootua.

The National Emergency Operation Centre (N.E.O.C.) appealed to eligible members of the public to get inoculated as neighbouring country Fiji continues to battle with community transmission cases.

Ministry of Health Director General, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri said they are comforted by the fact that Samoa’s vaccination programme has already started. 

Last Thursday, Leausa said the vaccination programme continued to run well and there have not been any reports of complications caused by the vaccine. 

Administered by health officials, the mass rollout started in April and has been ongoing, moving from two constituencies to another each week. 

Leausa also revealed that the Government of Australia has offered 10,000 doses each month to assist the nation’s efforts to fully vaccinate its eligible population. 

He said New Zealand has also offered a batch that will become available for Samoa following endorsement in July this year. 

The nation is on its second batch of vaccines with 28,000 received through the COVAX Facility two weeks ago following the depletion of the first 24,000 batch. A further 27,000 is expected from the COVAX Facility later this month.

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