FSM aims for 100 percent COVID-19 vaccination rate

FSM President David Panuelo receives the COVID-19 vaccine. (From the Office of the FSM President)

The Federated States of Micronesia is aiming for a 100 percent COVID-19 vaccination rate.

While the national government has not stated formally its intention to make the vaccine mandatory across the FSM, President David Panuelo has repeated that it is the goal of the Panuelo-George administration. 

The FSM National Government has started its COVID-19 vaccination campaign for frontline workers after receiving its first shipment of vaccines on Dec. 28, according to a release from the Office of the FSM President. 

Last week, the government received 1,600 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine as part of Operation Warp Speed. 

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After an informal vaccination campaign on Dec. 31, the rollout began this week in Pohnpei, with the rest of the FSM to follow in the coming week. 

President Panuelo was among the first to receive the vaccine. 

The FSM National Government expects another 8,200 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to arrive on or around Saturday, January 9. 

Once the vaccines are received, it will be shipped to Kosrae, Chuuk, and Yap, via Caroline Islands Air and Pacific Mission Aviation. The State Governments are expected to follow-up with a vaccine rollout in their jurisdiction.

The FSM  National Government also expects to receive additional freezers and generators for the States of Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei, and Kosrae, donated by the U.S. Government.

As of this week, the FSM remains COVID-19 free.