Two passengers who arrived to Vanuatu on a flight from New Caledonia on 22 October 2021
and were confirmed to have active COVID-19 infections are now both fully recovered. One
person was released from the isolation ward at Vila Central Hospital on 26 November after
receiving medical clearance. The second person remained in isolation for additional medical
assessment but has now been classified as recovered from COVID-19 and has received
medical clearance. The additional assessments confirmed that there is no longer active virus
in their body and therefore they pose no risk of COVID-19 infection to anyone else. This
person is therefore also discharged from isolation and can now safely join their family and
Since the COVID-19 pandemic was first declared by WHO in March 2021, there have been a
total of just five active cases of COVID-19 imported into Vanuatu. All of these cases have been
successfully managed in quarantine and isolation, proving that our prevention and
containment measures are working. To date there have been no COVID-19 cases detected in
the community in Vanuatu and no evidence of community transmission.
Due to the recovery of this case, Efate and Offshore Islands now return to Alert Level 0 (Low
risk) due to no active cases. The whole of Vanuatu is therefore now at Alert Level 0.
The Ministry of Health continues to emphasise the importance of vaccination to protect
against severe disease, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. Currently, over 57% of our
adult population has received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, and over 27% of adults
have received two doses and are fully vaccinated.
As we progress towards our vaccination targets of at least 90% of adults protected with one
dose and at least 70% of adults protected with two doses of COVID-19 vaccine nationwide by
20 March 2022, it is important that momentum is maintained. There is no better time to get
vaccinated than now, as we continue to work towards the safe re-opening of our borders to
international travellers in 2022. Together, we can ensure economic recovery whilst protecting
the health of everyone throughout the country.
For official information, please continue to refer to the Ministry of Health website at
www.covid19.gov.vu, or the Health Promotions Vanuatu Facebook page, or dial the 119
Health Information Hotline.