The Ministry of Health today confirms two (2) new deaths linked to COVID-19 bringing the total
number of deaths to date to six (6) deaths.
The first person is 59-year-old female, while the second individual is a 76-year-old female. Both
individuals were unvaccinated. These two persons had underlying health conditions, one with
asthmatic and cardiovascular diseases.
Vanuatu’s Minister of Health, Hon. Bruno Leingkone stated, “I express deep condolences to
the families and friends of the individuals concerned for their loss, on behalf of the Government
and people of Vanuatu. Any family’s loss is a loss of our nation due to our interconnectedness”.
Hon. Leingkon added, “Vanuatu can only get ahead of this virus in one way – together. Now
more than ever, everyone must take responsibility reduce the spread of the virus, especially
among our at-risk population. Solidarity will save lives, protect people, and help defeat this
High-risk populations, and in particular people with underlying health conditions continue to
be prioritized for COVID-19 vaccines by the Ministry of Health. COVID-19 can be a deadly
disease, especially for people with existing underlying health conditions who are at risk of
getting severely ill, being hospitalised, and in some cases, death.
One of the best things we can do to protect our families and loved ones who are older and atrisk people is to get vaccinated and boosted. Pregnant women, people aged 55 and above, and
people with underlying health conditions are urged to get all recommended doses as soon as
they are able.
Let’s remember the simple and proven steps we can all take to keep each other safe: wearing
masks, physically distancing, and avoiding crowds. Cover coughs and sneezes with a flexed
elbow, wash hands often with soap and water, clean and disinfect regularly touched surfaces.
Stay home if you are sick and get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19. Get fully vaccinated
and receive a booster when you are eligible.
More information about the coronavirus situation in Vanuatu can be found on www.covid-
19 webpage, Vanuatu Health Promotions face book page and COVID-19 free information line
Contact details: Dorinda Bule, Communications Officer, Department of Public Health, Tel: +678