Press Releases related to health aspects of COVID-19 preparedness and response are issued by the Ministry of Health as needed.
Ministry of Health Update on the COVID-19 on the Status of COVID-19 Vaccination Roll Out Plan.
8th April 2021, Port Vila: The Ministry of Health would like to provide an update to the public on the preparations and the plan for rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in Vanuatu in 2021.
The Ministry of Health of Vanuatu continues working closely with partners to access the COVID-19 vaccine and prepare systems to safely receive and distribute. Due to limited global supply, Vanuatu will be receiving COVID-19 vaccines in batches, with the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines planned to arrive soon.
COVID-19 is far from over. Worldwide we have surpassed 106 million cases, and tragically, more than 2.3 million people have lost their lives to the disease. These are not just numbers, but people. Each person has a name and a story. And each name is someone’s mother, father, child, brother, sister or grandparent.
One year into this pandemic, we have gained a lot of experience. We know what works to slow or stop the spread of the virus. Frequent hand washing, and physical distancing stops transmission, and saves lives. We also know that targeted social measures such as lockdowns and stay-at-home orders are effective in stopping transmission, especially if there is community support, though they do have significant economic and social impacts. There is no easy way out of this pandemic and unfortunately, it is far from over.
On Monday 26th April 2021, the Ministry of Health Risk Communication and Community Engagement Team with support from the World Health Organisation (WHO), UNICEF and the Australian Government through the Vanuatu Health Program held a COVID-19 vaccination awareness session with Health partners. This includes representatives from the Vanuatu Red Cross Society, Wan Smolbag Theatre, Port Vila City Council, Port Vila central ward, Shefa Provincial Health, Save the Children and Ministry of Health.
Port Vila, Vanuatu, 19 May 2021 - Today, Vanuatu joins Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Nauru, Tuvalu and Samoa, in the Pacific islands, to receive COVID-19 vaccine doses shipped via the COVAX Facility, a partnership between CEPI, Gavi, UNICEF and WHO. This is a historic step towards achieving the goal to ensure equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines globally, in what will be part of the largest vaccine procurement and supply operation in history.