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DYWA Tafuna is new COVID-19 vaccination site

COVID-19 vaccine card

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In a new health advisory, the Dept. of Health announced a new COVID-19 vaccination site, which is the Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs facility in Tafuna that is now added to two previous locations, the A.P. Lutali Executive Office Building (EOB) and the Gov. H. Rex Lee Auditorium.

For this week, vaccinations for the three sites are Wednesday, yesterday and .Friday They are open from 8a.m to 3p.m. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine will be available at all three locations — where DoH and Veterans Affairs medical teams will continue to provide COVID-19 vaccines.

Reminders from DoH:

If you are getting your first dose, bring your photo ID and hospital card; and if you do not have a hospital card, bring two photo IDs.

Bring your COVID-19 vaccine card if you are coming back for a second dose; and if you cannot find your vaccine card, a new one will be provided for you if you bring your photo ID.

Individuals are reminded to let the registration team and your nurse know if you have had a flu shot or any other shot in the past two weeks.

Meanwhile, DoH said that all 600 doses of Janssen COVID-19 vaccine continue to be on hold until further notice.

Federal health officials last week put a pause on the Janssen vaccine, manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, because the safety systems that make sure vaccines are safe received a small number of reports of people who got this vaccine experienced a rare and severe type of blood clot with low platelets. (See for update)

The Lemanu Administration and local health officials have been urging all qualified residents to get vaccinated, as the territory continues its repatriation program, with plans already underway for next month’s repat flight.