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Gov extends deadline for Executive employees to get vaccinated

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Overstayers amnesty program also extended

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga has extended to next month the deadlines for Executive Branch employees to comply with been full COVID-19 vaccinated and for “overstayers” in American Samoa to apply for the 2021 Amnesty Program.

The deadline extensions are among a few new provisions in the governor’s latest COVI-19 Emergency Health Declaration, which became effective Dec. 10 for 30-days.  And the declaration keeps American Samoa under “Code Blue” with no community spread of the deadly pandemic.

In the previous declaration, all Executive Branch employees were given until Dec. 15th to be fully vaccinated but the new deadline under the new declaration is Jan. 14, 2022 and employees must provide their vaccination record to the ASG Human Resources Department.

For the Amnesty Program,  “overstayers” were to submit their applications to the Immigration Board, prior to or on Dec. 13th - after the program opened on Nov. 12th.

According to the new declaration, the Program will conclude on Jan. 13, 2022. And applications submitted prior to or on Jan. 13, 2022 shall continue to be processed and decided by Immigration.

More details in Monday’s edition of Samoa News.