Covid-19 vaccination

Samoa PM encourages people to achieve herd immunity

Fiame said as of Wednesday last week, close to 95 percent of the eligible population have received their first doses of the Astra Zeneca vaccine, and close to 60 percent have completed their second doses.

“I want to encourage our people to continue their support for the Government’s COVID-19 vaccination programme spearheaded by the Ministry of Health to ensure our country reaches herd immunity,” says Prime Minister Mata'afa.

“The aim is to meet the target percentage of vaccinated people by the end of November to ensure that our country continues to be COVID free.”

Kyrie Irving won't play until he's vaccinated

Irving, has been staunch against getting vaccinated, despite a New York City order requiring the shot if he is to play or practice with the team at home this season.

"Given the evolving nature of the situation and after thorough deliberation, we have decided Kyrie Irving will not play or practice with the team until he is eligible to be a full participant," Marks said.

Thousands await second Covid-19 shot in Samoa

Director General of Health, Leausa Dr Take Naseri is reported by the Samoa Observer saying it's important to try and send some back for use in other countries even though this might give the impression to foreign donors that Samoa is "taking their assistance lightly."

Latest data shows 56-percent of Samoa's eligible population has been fully vaccinated and more than 94-percent has received their first dose.

Samoa Covid-19 vaccination roll out continues

According to the Minister of Health, Valasi Toogamaga Tafito, five percent of the eligible population is left to receive the first jab.

Vaccination sites like Samoa Tourism Authority Fale, main hospital and a site beside the waterfront in Apia will reopen after the White Sunday public holiday which is being celebrated today.

The Minister acknowledged the teamwork and collaboration from members of the public during the mass vaccination campaign.

Samoa’s Health Ministry rolls-out vaccination on Apolima Island

Apolima Island mayor, Leala Afe Solo said they were concerned that they were close to reaching the deadline for the first jab of the vaccination programme and they were yet to be vaccinated.

Many of the villagers are elderly and unable to travel to the main land to receive their jabs.

In response, the ministry sent a team by boat to Apolima to conduct vaccinations.


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YouTube to remove all anti-vaccine misinformation

Videos that say approved vaccines are dangerous and cause autism, cancer or infertility are among those that will be taken down, the company said.

The policy includes the termination of accounts of anti-vaccine influencers.

Tech giants have been criticised for not doing more to counter false health information on their sites.

In July, US President Joe Biden said social media platforms were largely responsible for people's scepticism in getting vaccinated by spreading misinformation, and appealed for them to address the issue.

Samoa to begin COVID-19 vaccination for children

Health authorities have confirmed that this eligible age group will be the Ministry of Health’s next focus. 

Deputy-Director General of Public Health, Tagaloa Dr. Robert Thomsen said, “All the vaccines that the Ministry currently has in its possession will expire by November 30, “and we should be able to use up all these vaccines before that.”

“And even if we have vaccinated everyone in the country there will be a surplus of vaccines,” he said during a Samoa Maloloina programme.”

Over 11,000 children in Fiji receive first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

The Ministry of Health organised the vaccination drive for students between the ages of 15 to 17.

The roll out for students began on Monday.

Permanent Secretary, Doctor James Fong said they are overwhelmed with the turnout as they continue to track vaccine coverage rate.

The second jab will be administered at an interval of 28 days.


Thousands take part in Samoa mass Covid-19 vaccination drive

Around 7000 doses of AstraZeneca were administered on Thursday as part of the two-day roll out.

Despite the strict lockdown, from 8am to 6pm, it is not compulsory to get vaccinated. Those willing to have the jab have been instructed to place red flags at the entrance to their dwellings.

Our correspondent in Apia, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia said he saw a lot of people getting into the spirit of things.

Crunch time for no jab no job policy fast approaching in Solomon Islands

on half-pay from the 31st of October.

This was announced by the Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare this week and will apply to any employee of the national or provincial governments as well as state owned enterprises.

Mr Sogavare said if by 1 January 2022 they still have not taken up the vaccine their employment will be terminated.

It is the strongest messaging yet to come from the government with so far only 6.4 percent of the eligible population full vaccinated against the virus.