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Omicron variant

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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two epidemiologists with the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are echoing the urging of local health officials and government leaders for residents to get fully vaccinated along with the booster shot to prevent becoming severely ill or hospitalized if...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “experts... are saying that the concept of herd immunity, is no longer a concept with the omicron variant” of the coronavirus, says Dr. Aifli John Tufa, the territory’s lead Epidemiologist with the Health Department. “...
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Honolulu, HAWAII — The coronavirus Omicron variant has been diagnosed in a patient in Hawaii, State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Kemble said. The Hawaii Department of Health’s (DOH) State Laboratories Division (SLD) confirmed the Omicron diagnosis in an unvaccinated an Oahu resident who had previously...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strengthened its recommendation on booster doses yesterday for individuals who are 18 years and older. Everyone ages 18 and older should get a booster shot either when 6 months after their initial Pfizer or Moderna series or...