COVID-19 vaccine boosters are now available for children 5 to 11 years old. The Ministry of Health and Human Services (MHHS) has issued a schedule for June COVID and flu vaccines.

“Booster for 5 to 11 years old were just approved by FDA/CDC in the past two weeks so we are scheduling them now,” reported MHHS Minister Gaafer Uherbelau of the COVID-19 booster vaccine.

Minister Gaafer confirmed that Palau is still receiving COVID vaccines free from the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC).

MHHS announced that “everyone ages 5 or older can get 1 booster, five months after completing their COVID-19 primary series.”

“Adults 50 years and older can get their second COVID booster shot at least four months after the first booster with either Moderna or Pfizer vaccine.”

The vaccine schedules are Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at PCC Cafeteria from 3 pm to 6 pm, except for holidays.

Ministry of Health is also dispensing the flu vaccines on Fridays at the same place and time and MHHS assured that it is safe to get both the COVID-19 and flu vaccines at the same time.

The vaccines are administered free of charge at the scheduled venue.

As of May 27, 2022, the total number of 5 years old and above that have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is 18,705.  The total number of 12 years old and above that have received their booster vaccines is 11,544.  The estimated population of Palau as a whole from the latest census was 17,651. 

Also, as of May 27, there were 23 new cases identified, 712 active cases, no hospitalizations and the number of deaths remains at 6.

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