MOHHS ramps up Covid outreach

Musical stars Isaiah ‘Zeah’ Kramer and Rosie Delmah show off their CDC-RMI Covid vaccine cards following their vaccination by public health staff at the College of the Marshall Islands last week. Photo: Chewy Lin.

The Ministry of Health ramped up delivery of the first Covid vaccines to Majuro residents when it started its house-to-house outreach program last week Wednesday.

In the days leading up to this launch of outreach vaccinations, between 100 and 200 people were being vaccinated most days.

Wednesday began outreach starting from the Alwal area of Rita. Public Health nurses delivered 298 vaccines Wednesday through outreach and operations at CMI and Majuro hospital.

“Even though it door to door, the team has data entry people with tablets and internet connection and two nurse practitioners on standby with emergency drugs and an ambulance,” said Secretary Jack Niedenthal. The outreach program was a lot of work, “but in the end it will pay off.”

The US Centers for Disease Control, which provided the Moderna brand vaccines, requires that the Ministry of Health document and upload data on vaccine provision following each vaccination.

Thursday’s vaccine total was 380 and Friday’s set the one-day record to date with 450. Another 306 people were vaccinated last Saturday through the combination of outreach and vaccinations at the MCH Clinic at Majuro hospital.

As of Sunday, 4,499 people in Majuro had been vaccinated — 4,118 with their first shot, 381 with their second. Ebeye has distributed 1,577 vaccines — 1,310 first shots and 267 second shots.

Public Health staff are continuing house to house delivery of vaccines, as well as performing them at the MCH Clinic at the hospital. They are also going to local businesses and offices to provide the vaccine.

MOHHS staff members and a fellow Red Cross member visited Mieco neighborhood in Majuro Monday to give out the Covid vaccine to the community. Over 50 people were given their first dose within the first five hours with the active work by vaccine team: MOHHS staff Ramson Kios, Ruth Andrew and Francine Kaisha, and Red Cross’ Colleen Salomon.

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