Since late 2020, work has been ongoing by the Ministry of Health and partners to plan and prepare for the roll-out in Vanuatu of COVID-19 vaccines. On 22 April 2021, Parliament approved the indemnity document to allow the import into Vanuatu of COVID-19 vaccines that had received a WHO Emergency Use Listing.
Vanuatu received the first batch of 24,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine through the COVAX Facility on 19 May 2021. Vaccination commenced on 02 June 2021. This first batch will be prioritised to four priority groups:
Front line workers (e.g. border workers, quarantine facility staff, public transport drivers)
The elderly (55 and above)
People over 35 with existing medical conditions
The current schedule of vaccination is as follows:
From 2 June: Efate, priority groups 1 & 2
From 14 June: Efate, priority groups 3 & 4
Vaccination is currently being conducted for these priority groups at the Convention Center in Port Vila. COVID-19 vaccination of other groups in other areas will be held at a later date, to be advised by the Ministry of Health.