Over 170 get vaccinated on Rota

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Posted on Jan 26 2021
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Photo shows Rota Mayor Efraim M. Atalig getting inoculated with the Moderna Inc. COVID-19 vaccine at the Rota Health Center last Jan. 23. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)

The Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. had another successful rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine with 174 people on Rota getting inoculated with the vaccine at the Rota Health Center last Jan. 24.

Additionally, the CNMI saw three more people who tested positive for COVID-19 last Jan. 23, bringing the CNMI’s cumulative total to 132. CHCC stated that the new positive cases were identified by travel screening and were confirmed positive through testing upon arrival. They have been safely in quarantine and were moved to the designated isolation area, the Kanoa Resort in Susupe, for monitoring.

CHCC has already initiated contact tracing for the most immediate contacts of the new confirmed cases, including passengers on the same flight.

The scheduled vaccinations on Rota went smoothly, according to CHCC chief executive officer Esther Muña. She added that, like on Tinian, Saipan’s CHCC staff were there to support Rota’s Health Center’s staff. Rota currently has 38 staff working at its health center.

Muña said that they are now working out a plan on how the Saipan hospital can help inoculate the Rota population. Muña said they will know by this week if only Rota’s staff will be vaccinating the island’s residents, or use staff on Saipan to help Rota out.

In a post on the Rota Mayor’s Office Facebook page, Rota Mayor Efraim M. Atalig, stated that he took the COVID-19 vaccination for his community. “My dear people of Rota, I took my COVID-19 vaccination because I firmly believe in our community and our people. I’m again asking all of our people to please register and take the vaccination. …We are all in this together,” said Atalig.

As for what vaccine Rota is using, CHCC chief operation officer Subroto Banerji said they are using the Moderna Inc. vaccine since it is easier to transport and does not require ultra-cold freezing.

Justine Nauta
Justine Nauta is Saipan Tribune's community and health reporter and has covered a wide range of news beats, including the Northern Marianas College and Commonwealth Health Care Corp. She's currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services at NMC.
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