CNMI targets 90 percent vaccination rate by the first half of this year

CNMI Official Seal (PNC file photo)

The CNMI is aiming for an 80 to 90 percent vaccination rate by May or June this year.

To accomplish its vaccination goal, the government has lowered its age threshold to 55 and expanded its range to include critical infrastructure workers.

CNMI Governor Ralph Torres, during a media briefing Friday morning, confirmed that this is the goal and all three islands of the CNMI — including Rota and Tinian — are getting their COVID-19 vaccines.

Tinian started its vaccination drive last Sunday and Rota will have their clinic this weekend.

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Meanwhile, Esther Muna, CEO of the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation, says that as of Thursday, around 3,011 have completed their second dose of the vaccine and 4,695 received their first shots.

In total, more than 7,700 doses were given during the past couple of months. Their goal is to give out around 400 per day.

Muna says they will open the vaccination clinics to the private sector — especially critical workers that fall under the CISA guidelines such as those who are employed in the food industry, telecommunications, courts, and the media.