As the people of Vanuatu wait with uncertainty for the outcome of the current political crisis affecting the nation to be settled by the Courts, an issue that remains a threat for the population of Vanuatu lurks outside the country’s border — the Coronavirus or COVID-19.
According to the latest report released this week by the Vanuatu Government, through the Ministry of Health, about the COVID-19 situation report, a total of 23,995 people have so far been vaccinated either with the first or both required doses.
That represents just 7.95% of the total population of Vanuatu.
The latest population data released late last month by the Vanuatu National Statistics Office shows that the national population stands at 301,695 men, women and children.
So far 7.91% of the population have received only the first dose of either AstraZeneca or Sinopharm vaccines, that is 23,881 people.
Only 114 people have received two doses of the Sinopharm vaccine and are considered to be fully vaccinated.
The fully vaccinated people represent 0.03% of the total population of Vanuatu.
The national vaccination rollout started 50 days ago on June 2, 2021 on Efate as the COVID-19 programme looks north to Santo for the next rollout.
According to online information from the World Health Organization, Fiji started its mass vaccination programme around 134 days ago on March 10, 2021.
As at Tuesday this week 44.2% of Fiji’s 889,953 population have reportedly received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
And only 8.8% total of the population have been fully vaccinated.
New COVID-19 cases recorded in Fiji on Tuesday this week stood at 1,054.
As for Australia, according to online information as at Tuesday this week, 29.1% of Australia’s 25 million population have received at least one dose of vaccine, while 11.5% of the total population have been fully vaccinated.
There were 140 new cases recorded on Wednesday this week in Australia.
While, Vanuatu does not have any active case of COVID-19 the current grave situation in nearby neighbour country, Fiji, is a stark reminder that there is no room for complacency and for more people in Vanuatu to go to vaccination centres to receive their doses of AstraZeneca or Sinopharm.
The Ministry of Health in Vanuatu has reported that there have been 125 adverse events following the start of COVID-19 immunization in Vanuatu, some of which were related to anxiety and not to the vaccine or any error.
So far, there are no evidence of blood clotting in Vanuatu.