53% of eligible population vaccinated with one dose

53% of the 169, 185 adult eligible population in Vanuatu have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Ministry of Health (MOH).

62% of the 146, 423 in high priority areas have received one dose. High priority areas are areas identified as being at higher risk of COVID-19 importation or transmission.

The national target is to have 90% of the adult population vaccinated with at least one dose of vaccine by the end of this year and 70% fully vaccinated by the end of March 2022.

Prime Minister (PM) Bob Loughman has made it clear that the national vaccination rate will determine if the country will reopen its border to international travelers on March next year.

So far, over 129,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Vanuatu. Vaccination is underway in all six provinces.

According to the Ministry of Health (MOH), 55% of the eligible population in high priority areas in Port Vila and SHEFA have received two doses, 29% in SANMA Province, 1% in TAFEA and 0% for MALAMPA, PENAMA and TORBA.

Vaccination rollout has just been launched in TORBA, PENAMA and MALAMPA. The people vaccinated in these provinces are yet to receive their second doses.

The elderly (age 55 and above) and frontline workers are urged to get vaccinated as their risk of infection is high.

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