Rota residents to get vaccinated Sunday

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Posted on Jan 21 2021

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A Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. employee administers a COVID-19 vaccine at the Medical Care and Treatment Site behind the Commonwealth Health Center in Garapan. (NEIL FAMA.)

The Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. is set to start its vaccination campaign on Rota this Sunday, Jan. 24, at the Rota Health Center.

CHCC took to Facebook to announce the Rota vaccinations and, just like Saipan and Tinian’s first batch of people to get vaccinated, people on Rota who fall under Phase 1A will be prioritized.

Phase 1A consists of health care workers, high-risk first responders, man’amko 65 years and older, and faith-based officials. On-site registration for Rota will be available on Jan. 23 from 10am to 3pm.

According to the 2016 Census, the CNMI Department of Commerce recorded 2,635 people on Rota, while Tinian has 3,056.

CHCC continued its rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in the CNMI, this time bringing the campaign to Tinian, where 130 people were inoculated last Jan. 17 at the Tinian Health Center.

Passengers flying to US

United Airlines released a notice last Jan. 19 that the United States will require a negative COVID-19 test or documentation of recovery for all incoming international travelers, including U.S. citizens, starting Jan. 26. However, passengers from a U.S. territory flying to the U.S. don’t need one.

United Airlines corporate communications office for Asia-Pacific stated that passengers who are from, or flying from, a U.S. territory or possession to a U.S. state are not required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

United recommends that individuals visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for additional information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html

“This requirement does not apply to children under 2 or those traveling entirely within the United States, including the 50 U.S. states, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands,” said United Airlines.

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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