51.8% of American Samoa's population received first dose of Covid vaccine




Pago Pago-- At least 51.8 percent of American Samoa's population have received their first dose of Covid-19 vaccine, while 36.9 percent have completed their dual shots as of March 22, the Talanei News reported.


Talenei said the older age groups — 51 and older — who are at high risk of serious and/or life-threatening complications from Covid-19 continue to be vaccinated in large numbers.


American Samoa officials anticipate achieving herd immunity soon and the possibility of revising the Department of Health policies with regard to quarantine requirements.


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He said American Samoa will continue to take extra precautions and a more conservative approach to quarantine measures. “Until such a time where the medical community feels confident enough and comfortable with our vaccination rates, we will continue to do what is necessary to repatriate our residents and keep our community safe from the virus," Ale said.