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Gov reveals COVID-19 vaccinations for all qualified repats

Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga, Lt. Gov.Talauega Eleasalo Va’alele Ale and COVID-19 task force members

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga — during a Friday press conference at the Governor’s Office conference room — gave an update on the first repatriation flight, which arrived on Feb. 1st, with all 159 passengers now going through the required 14-quarantine at the Tradewinds Hotel. He was accompanied by Lt. Gov. Talauega Eleasalo Va’alele Ale and members of the COVID-19 Task Force.

The governor revealed that the passengers, who qualify for the COVID-19 vaccine, would be given the first-dose before they are released on their final day of quarantine.  (Some of the passengers are minor children and an infant — who don’t qualify for the vaccine.)

Lemanu also confirmed that all 159 repatriated passengers tested negative for the virus.

More details from the news conference in Monday’s Samoa News edition.