COVID-19 vaccination was launched in Vanuatu on 2 June 2021, and initially targeted priority groups. These includes:
People most vulnerable to severe disease: the elderly 55 years and over and those with underlying health conditions
People most at risk of exposure: healthcare workers and other frontline workers
From 21 June 2021, COVID-19 vaccination was opened to all adults 18 years old and over (with a continued focus on priority groups). Vaccination roll-out is ongoing in all six provinces of the country. Booster shots are planned for administration to priority groups in 2022.
In Port Vila, vaccination is being conducted at George Pompidou Vaccination Center, with mobile teams operating elsewhere. The Center operates from 8.30am to 3.30pm on Monday to Friday (except on public holidays).
The Ministry of Health is working to identify options for additional vaccines to enable full vaccination of the eligible population of Vanuatu.
What is the current vaccine coverage in Vanuatu?
These infographics are updated usually on a weekly basis. As of 20 March 2022, there have been changes made to the indicators reported in these infographics. This is due to two recent changes that affect % coverage:
Adults in high risk areas were originally the target of the vaccination program but this has now shifted to include all adults in all areas of Vanuatu
Population estimates (including for adults) have been revised in line with the 2020 census and to account for population growth (ie. +2.5% per year)
Both of these changes mean that the total number of adults targeted for vaccination has increased. The result is that the reported % coverage has decreased relative to previous infographics. This adjustment is necessary to ensure accurate reporting of the current situation. It is possible that further adjustment may be needed in future, such as when the vaccination program expands to include those below 18 years old.
How do I get a replacement vaccination card?
Everyone who receives a COVID-19 vaccination dose in Vanuatu is provided with a vaccination card. This must be kept somewhere safe so that it can be used when you come for your second dose or booster shots, and to show as proof of vaccination status.
If you have lost your vaccination card, this can be replaced. Please proceed to the nearest vaccination site to request a replacement card. You must show the identification card that was provided as part of the initial vaccination registration.
How do I get an official letter (certificate) confirming I was vaccinated in Vanuatu?
The Ministry of Health issues letters to confirm COVID-19 vaccination status for those who received doses in Vanuatu and who wish to travel overseas. Issuance of the certificate is currently limited to those who are fully vaccinated.
To obtain the vaccination certificate, please come to:
Location : Reception at the Ministry of Health in Latika Complex (next to Family Market)
Days : Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays (except public holidays)
Time : 9.00am to 11.30am and 1.30pm to 3.30pm.
You must provide copies of your vaccination card and passport. Please anticipate some waiting time for issuance of the certificate.