By: Olkeriil Eoghan Ngirudelsang
In effort to get as many people vaccinated, Palau’s Ministry of Health is offering to pick up people and bring to vaccine facilities to get vaccinated. Ritter Udui, Incident Commander for MOH EOC informed that “anyone who does not have a ride to vaccine facilities may call the MOH hot line of 488-0555 of 779-5553 to be picked up and be vaccinated.”
Palau is going full speed on its COVID-19 vaccination efforts. Latest statement from the Ministry of Health states, “approximately 95% of adults or 70% of all people in Palau have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine”
In its situation report posted yesterday May 10th, it disclosed that a total of 13,385 people had been given the first dose of vaccine. It also reported that 9,899 people have been fully vaccinated. This means they have either taken both the first and the second dose of Moderna vaccine or they have been administered the single shot vaccine of J&J Janssen. In all, it shared that “55% of the population have been fully vaccinated (estimated 18,000 total population).
After nearly four months of vaccination, Gaafar Ucherbelau, EOC Deputy Incident Commander stated that “the work is ongoing and both Moderna and J&J Janssen are being used”. As for the outlying states, Kayangel state residents are fully vaccinated and the tentative date to administer the vaccine to Peleliu state residents is May 25th. Vaccination to the other outlying states of Palau is still being planned.
For those under 18 years of age and cannot be vaccinated at this time, Ucherbelau stated in a talk show that Pfizer vaccine for children 12 years old and older is positioned to be approved by the FDA as early as this week. If approved, Palau will be finding ways to acquire this vaccine for our young population.