By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
The Government of Samoa put the island country on a fill lockdown Thursday and Friday to attempt to vaccinate at least 99 per cent of the eligible population — around 109,640 people — with their first dose of AstraZeneca.
According to a government public notice earlier this week:
They go on to say all roads will be closed to the public.
Employers were still “encouraged” to pay their employees while being forcibly closed:
The public was then supposed to put up a red strip of cloth or a red flag as a signal to health authorities that someone in their home needed a vaccination.
Unfortunately, the lockdown idea fell short of the government’s goal of 99% vaccinated. According to the Director General of Health Leausa Dr Take Naseri, 12,228 received their first dose and 7,339 are now fully immunized with their second dose.
Leausa said this means that 93.3 percent of the eligible population have their first dose but only 46.6 percent have been fully vaccinated.
Chairman of the National Emergency Operations Committee, Agafili Shem Leo said, “We have some who still refuse to be vaccinated and we have now classified them as high risk who will be monitored.”
Samoa’s government last used this mass-vaccination strategy in 2019, amid a devastating measles outbreak that killed 83 people, mostly children.
How many confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported in Samoa since the beginning of the pandemic? According to the World Health Organization–1.