The Ministry of Health (MOH) continues with its COVID-19 vaccine rollout, aiming to vaccinate a total of 1,400 individuals by the end of this week.
Gaafar Uherbelau, MOH Emergency Operation Center’s (EOC) Deputy Incident Commander told reporters last week that vaccination will be conducted Monday to Saturday this week.
“ There will be vaccination everyday from Monday to Saturday to cover the rest of the healthcare workers, then first responders, homebound caretakers , elderly , non-communicable patients. So we are aiming to have 1,400 vaccinated by Saturday,” he said last week.
The MOH will also be conducting vaccination in Babeldaob during the week.
In its January 9 Facebook page, MOH said it has vaccinated over 350 healthcare personnel.
Palau received the first 2,800 doses of Moderna vaccine from the United States on January 2, with Operation Warp Speed delivering a second batch of vaccine to Palau.
A check of the Center For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that Palau has been allocated another 3,200 doses. According to Palau officials, the second batch will be delivered here this week.
President -elect Surangel Whipps Jr. in a press conference last week said he wants the disbursement of the vaccine to be as efficient as possible.
He also encouraged other local government leaders to get vaccinated and to help people from the state to get vaccinated because in the end it helps Palau and its people.
Whipps also urged MOH to speed up the vaccination and urged them to tap the help of private clinics in administering the vaccine to cover as many people as possible. (B. Carreon)

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