50.3% of American Samoa's eligible population fully vaccinated



Pago Pago (Talanei) -- More than half of American Samoa’s eligible population for the Covid-19 vaccine is now fully vaccinated. That is they have received two shots of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

The Department of Health hopes to vaccinate most if not all of American Samoa’s eligible population. Those who cannot receive the vaccine are under 16 year olds and those with certain health conditions.

According to DOH data, 19,977 or 60.2 percent of the eligible population has received at least one shot for either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines. Of that number, 16,696 or 50.3 percent have completed their two-shot vaccinations. 66.1 percent of the 41-50 age group; 65 percent of the 51-60 group; and 66.2 percent of those ages 61 and older – have completed both shots.

It’s the hope of the Department of Health to vaccinate most if not all of those eligible to receive the shot.

According to DOH data, 19,977 or 60.2 percent of the eligible population has received at least one shot for either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines. Of that number, 16,696 or 50.3 percent have completed their two-shot vaccinations.


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The breakdown in age group is:

  • 66.1% of the 41-50 age group;

  • 65% of the 51-60 group; and

  • 66.2% of those ages 61 and older

The percentage for those fully vaccinated in other age groups are:

  • 49.8% for the 31-40 year olds;

  • 31.6% of the 16-20 year olds; and

  • 29.6% of the 21-30 age group.

While American Samoa was buzzing with various activities leading up to the Flag Day weekend, DOH with the support of LBJ Hospital and the VA Clinic were just as busy getting people vaccinated.

According to DOH data presented at a Covid-19 Task Force meeting yesterday, a total of 1,392 people got their COVID shots between April 12 and 16. Most were people receiving their first shot.

Of those vaccinated last week, 324 were employees of Starkist Samoa where a vaccination outreach was held on April 13.

63 were Paramount Builders employees who received their shots on April 16. In addition, 235 people living in Manu’a were vaccinated during a DOH outreach to the islands last week.


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