Children under 14 need vaccination proof to get ferry

Children under the age of 14 will require proof of vaccination before being allowed to take the ferry between Mulifanua and Salelologa as part of new state of emergency restrictions.

Signed by His Highness the Head of State, Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi, the extension of the state of emergency for another two weeks until December 29 was announced on Saturday.

“The previous Order to disallow any public gathering to include those under the age of 19 is amended that all public gatherings cannot henceforth include the presence of children up to the age of 14," the amendment reads. 

Effective immediately, Year 13 Examinations and the National University of Samoa’s Examinations shall resume as per notices of the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture and the National University of Samoa, from 16th December 2019. 

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Previously all schools in Samoa were closed, including the University of Samoa. 

At the country’s hospitals, the order states only one family member may care to their sick loved ones, and they must be over 18-years-old.

The Ministry of Police have been tasked to “keep the peace, support staff and families of the hospitals” and to help Hospitals monitor visitors.

Government staff are to continue working, except for pregnant women, mothers with newborn babies and anyone that has children or immediate family that is sick with measles is eligible for special leave. 

The State of Emergency allowed the Government to act with fewer constraints and checks than normal, enabling its institutions to issue mandatory orders to vaccinate.

The restrictions follow Government reports on Saturday of no new measles death and as few as 74 new infections. 

It is the second day in a row without a death, and the report suggests two critically ill children in the Intensive Care Units have been discharged, leaving just 16 in care.

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