1 out of 5 FSM citizens are now vaccinated

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FSM seal (PNC file photo)

As of April 25, 21 percent of adult citizens and residents of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) have completed the COVID-19 vaccination process.

And 33 percent of all FSM adult citizens have taken at least the first dose of the vaccine, according to a release from the FSM Office of the President.

The release also provided a breakdown of the vaccination rate of each of the FSM states:

For Kosrae, 32 percent of adults have completed the COVID-19 vaccination process; 43 percent of adults have taken at least the first dose of the vaccine.

For Yap, 40 percent of adults have completed the COVID-19 vaccination process; 43 percent of adults have taken at least the first dose of the vaccine.

For Pohnpei, 21 percent of adults have completed the COVID-19 vaccination process; 34 percent of adults have taken at least the first dose of the vaccine.

For the State of Chuuk, 15 percent of adults have completed the COVID-19 vaccination process; 29 percent of adults have taken at least the first dose of the vaccine.

Mandatory quarantine

FSM citizens who travel to other jurisdictions were also advised that they may be subject to mandatory quarantine.

COVID-19 testing is required 72 hours prior to travel to the United States of America.

Some U.S. States may specify specific types of tests, while the State of Hawaii will only accept test results from laboratories that have been awarded “Trusted Partner” Status. FSM laboratories have not yet been awarded this designation, however, the FSM application is currently under review.

As a result, FSM citizens who travel to some U.S. jurisdictions, such as the State of Hawaii, may be subject to a mandatory ten-day quarantine process despite carrying documentary evidence of a negative COVID-19 test. Citizens are advised to check the relevant Government and travel websites for the location they are traveling to for any additional requirements.

Citizens traveling abroad are encouraged to carry upon their persons documentary evidence of their negative COVID-19 test; ideally, traveling citizens will also be carrying upon their person documentary evidence of completing the COVID-19 vaccination process. Similar to the FSM, the U.S. has both National and State travel requirements; individuals traveling abroad may be required to register online with the relevant State’s travel website. For the State of Hawaii specifically, this site is: https://travel.hawaii.gov

(Press release from the FSM Office of the President)

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