Timor-Leste launches COVID-19 vaccination campaign

07 April 2021
Timor-Leste launches COVID-19 vaccination campaign
UNICEF Timor-Leste/2021/Camaral

DILI, 7 APRIL 2021 – Timor-Leste kicked off its COVID-19 vaccination campaign on Wednesday 7 April 2021, World Health Day, at an event held at the Centro Saude Formosa in central Dili. 

H.E. Taur Matan Ruak, Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Planning and Territory, Jose Maria dos Reis, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of MSSI, Armanda Berta dos Santos, President of National Parliament, Aniceto Guterres, Presidente of Court Appeal, Deolindo dos Santos, Archbishop of Archdiocese of Dili, Virgilio do Carmo da Silva, Minister of President of Council of Ministers, Fidelis Leite Magalhães, The Coordinator Minister of Economic Affairs, Joaquim Amaral, Minister of Parliamentarian Affairs and Social Communication, Francisco Martins, da Costa Pereira Jeronimo, Minister of Foreign Affair and Cooperation, Adaljiza Albertina Xavier Reis Magno, Minister of Education, Youth and Sport, Armindo Maia, Minister of Justice, Manuel Carceres da Costa, and other government and political leaders, religious leaders, government officials, representatives of civil society, UN agencies, donors and development partners took part in the launch event. 

H.E. Prime Minister, H.E Taur Matan Ruak, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Planning and Territory, Jose Maria dos Reis, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of MSSI, Armanda Berta dos Santos, President of National Parliament, Aniceto Guterres, Presidente of Court Appeal, Deolindo dos Santos, Minister of President of Council of Ministers, Fidelis Leite Magalhães, The Coordinator Minister of Economic Affairs, Joaquim Amaral, Minister of Foreign Affair and Cooperation, Adaljiza Albertina Xavier Reis Magno, Minister of Education, Youth and Sport, Armindo Maia, Minister of Justice, Manuel Carceres da Costa, Ex-President of RDTL, Dr. Jose Ramos Horta, the Imam of the Grand Mosque, UN Resident Coordinator, World Health Organization Representative, United Nations Children’s Fund Representative and a number of others received their first dose of vaccines at the ceremony. 

The event kicked off Phase 1 of the vaccination campaign as outlined in the National COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment Plan. This phase involves vaccinating all health workers and frontline personnel, those above 60 years and those with comorbidities. Phase 2 will cover the rest of the eligible population. All persons above 18 years of age are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  

The vaccination is being administered at health posts and immunization posts set up by the Ministry of Health.

“The vaccine is the most powerful tool to control and subsequently end the COVID-19 pandemic. And it will be possible only when those eligible receive the vaccine and encourage their eligible family members and friends to do the same,” said H.E Dra Odete Maria Freitas Belo. I also appeal to everyone to continue following the COVID-19 preventive measures including those who have received the vaccine; no one is safe until everyone is safe. So, please continue to wear the mask, wash your hands with soap and water, practice physical distancing, do not cross borders illegally, and do not believe in rumours and hearsay,” added the Minister of Health. 

To support the vaccination campaign, a multi-media awareness campaign has also been launched by the Ministry of Health on television, radio, social media and through advocacy meetings with national, municipal and community leaders. This includes messages in video and audio formats, and in sign language. 

"The COVID-19 pandemic has badly damaged the health systems and is impacting on peoples’ lives and livelihoods. But we are also fortunate to have seen the best of joint efforts and multilateral cooperation to develop and deploy the COVID vaccine in the shortest possible time ever. It is great to see the arrival of the vaccines in Timor-Leste, for which the Government, UN agencies and all partners have been working so hard. Timor-Leste welcomes the arrival of the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX facility as a way forward to ending the pandemic. Now on, we must get to make sure the vaccines are deployed well and that further vaccines are procured and made available to everyone in the country. None of us is safe until everyone is safe”, said UN Resident Coordinator Roy Trivedy.

Timor-Leste received 24,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on 5 April, the first consignment of the doses allocated through the COVAX Facility for 20 per cent of Timor-Leste’s population. The shipment included syringes and safety disposal boxes for the vaccination campaign.

COVAX is co-led by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), with UNICEF as the key implementing partner. The COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC) is achieving a multilateral response to
the pandemic crisis, leveraging the expertise of multilateral agencies, the resources of donors and the commitment of recipient counties, to support global equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

For several months, COVAX partners have been supporting governments and partners around the world to prepare for this moment. In Timor-Leste, WHO and UNICEF have supported the development of the national vaccine deployment plan and an awareness raising campaign at national and subnational levels, while UNICEF has supported cold chain strengthening, WHO has supported the development and integration of the COVID-19 Immunization Tracker (CIT) into the Timor-Leste Health Information System (TLHIS). UNICEF and WHO also supported training of health workers in the introduction and roll out of the vaccine, identification and enumeration of priority groups, vaccine transport and storage, vaccine administration and management of any side effects. 

The COVAX Facility and provision of vaccines are supported by funding from the Governments of Australia, Bhutan, Canada, Colombia, Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Monaco, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Team Europe, United Kingdom, the United States of America and a number of other donors and institutions.

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ABOUT COVAX

COVAX, the vaccines pillar of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, is co-led by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance Gavi) and the World Health Organization (WHO) – working in partnership with UNICEF as key implementing partner, as well as civil society organisations, vaccine manufacturers, the World Bank, and others. In the Americas, the PAHO Revolving Fund is the recognized procurement agent for COVAX.

The Advance Market Commitment is funded through the generosity of governments, private sector, philanthropic and multilateral partners, See the AMC donor table for a complete list of pledges. 

Notes to Editors
Full COVAX News Note to Editors: https://www.who.int/initiatives/act-accelerator/covax/covax-news-note-to-editors 
List of donor pledges to the Gavi COVAX AMC: https://www.gavi.org/sites/default/files/covid/covax/COVAX-AMC-Donors-Table.pdf
UNICEF COVAX page https://www.unicef.org/supply/covax-ensuring-global-equitable-access-covid-19-vaccines
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Timor-Leste lansa kampaña vasinasaun COVID-19 

Dili, 7 Abril 2021 – Timor-Leste hahú nia kamapña vasinasaun COVID-19 iha Kuarta-feira 7 Abril 2021, iha Loron Mundial Saúde, iha iventu ida haloa iha Sentru Saúde Formosa, Dili.

Sua Exelensia Taur Matan Ruak, Primeiru Ministru Republika Demokratika Timor-Leste, Ministra Saúde Sua exelensia Dra. Odete Maria Freitas Belo, Vise Primeiru Ministru, José Naria dos Reis Reis, Vise Primeiru Ministra, Armanda Berta dos Santos, Prezidente Parlamentu Nasional, Aniceto Guterres, Prezidente Tribunal Rekursu, Ministru Prezidente Konsellu Ministru, Fidelis Leite Magalhães, Ministru Kordenador Asuntu Ekonomku, Joaquim Amaral, Ministru Asuntu Parlamentar no Komunikasaun, Francisco Martins, da Costa Pereira Jeronimo, Ministra Negosiu Estranjeiru no Koperasaun, Ministru Edukasaun, Juventude no Desportu, Armindo Maia, Ministru Justisa, Manuel Carceres da Costa,Dra. Virna Martins, Prezidente Grupu Nasional konsultoria ba Imunizasaun (NITAG-TL), ministru no governante sira no lider politiku sira, lider relijiozu sira, ofisial governu sira, reprezentante sosiedade sivil, ajensia ONU sira, doador sira no parseiru dezenvolvimentu sira mós hola parte iha iventu lansamentu ne’e.

Primeiru Ministru, Sua Exelensia Taur Matan Ruak, Vise Primeiru Ministru, José Naria dos Reis Reis, Vise Primeiru Ministra, Armanda Berta dos Santos, Prezidente Parlamentu Nasional, Aniceto Guterres, Prezidente Tribunal Rekursu, Ministru Prezidente Konsellu Ministru, Fidelis Leite Magalhães, Ministru Kordenador Asuntu Ekonomku, Joaquim Amaral, Ministra Negosiu Estranjeiru no Koperasaun, Adaljiza Albertina Xavier Reis Magno, Ministru Edukasaun, Juventude no Desportu, Armindo Maia, Ministru Justisa, Manuel Carceres da Costa, Eis Presidente Republika Dr. Jose Ramos Horta, Imam husi Meskita boot, Kordenador Rezidente ONU, Reprezentativu Organizasaun Mundial Saúde, Reprezentativu Sanoins Unidas Fundus ba Labarik no numeru partisipante sira seluk mak simu sira-nia vasina doze dahuluk iha serimonia ne’e.

Lansamentu faze dahuluk kampaña vasinasaun tuir Planu Nasional Implementasaun Vasina COVID-19. Iha faze ne’e vasinasaun ba ajende saude hotu no pesoal liña oin sira, sira ne’ebe tinan 60 no sira ne’ebe ho komorbidade. Faze daruak sei kobre populasaun ilejibel sira seluk. Ema sira ho tinan 18 ba leten mós ilejibel atu simu vasina COVID-19. 

Vasinasaun ne’e administra ona iha postu saude no postu imnunizasaun sira harii husi Ministeriu Saúde.

“Vasina ne’e mak instrument forte-liu atu kontrola no subsekuentemente hapara pandemia COVID-19. No ne’e sei posivel deit wainhira sira ilijibel simu vasina ne’e no enkoraja sira-nia membru familia ilijibel sira no kolega sira atu halo hanesan,” dehan Sua Exelensia Dra. Odete Maria Freitas Belo. Hau mós apela ba ema hotu atu kontinua halo tuir medida preventive sira inklui sira ne’ebe simu ona vasina ne’e; la iha ema ida seguru too ema hotu seguru. Tamba ne’e kontinua uza máskara, fase liman ho sabaun no bee, pratika distansiamentu fiziku, labele hakat liu fronteira ho ilegal, no la bele fiar rumor no boatu sira,” hatutan Ministra Saúde. 

Atu apoia kampaña vasinasaun, kampaña konsientizasaun multi-midia mós lansa ona husi Ministeriu Saúde iha televizaun, radiu, midia sosial no liu enkontru advokasia nasional sira, munisipiu no lider komunitariu sira. Ne’e inklui mensajen sira iha video no forma audiu sira, no ho linguajen sinal sira.

“Pandemia COVID-19 estrga aat-liu Sistema saude sira no fó impaktu ba ema-nia moris no ema-nia subsistensia. Maibe ita felismente haree ona esforsu konjunta sira no koperasaun multilateral hodi dezenvolve no implemente vasina COVID-19 iha tempu posivel badak. Di’ak tebes ita hetan ona vasina iha Timor-Leste, nune’e mós governu, ajensia ONU sira no parseiru hotu mak servisu makkas ona. Timor-Leste sauda ba remesa dahuluk vasina COVID-19 liu husi fasilidade COVAX hanesan forma ida hodi hapara pandemia ne’e. Agora ba oin, ita garante katak vasina ne’e fahe tuir lolos no hola tan vasina ne’e no halo disponivel ba ema hotu ha país ne’e. ita ida sei la seguru too ita hotu seguru ona,” dehan Kordenador Rezidente ONU Roy Trivedy.

Timor-Leste simu ona vasina COVID-19 doze 24.000 iha 5 April, remesa dahuluk atribui liu husi Fasilidade COVAX ba pusentu 20 ba populasaun Timor-Leste. Iha remesa dahuluk ne’e inklui mós seringa sira no deskarta seguransa kampaña vasinasaun.

COVAX ko-lidera husi Gavi, Aliansa ba Vasina, Organizasaun Mundial Saúde (OMS) no Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation (CEPI), ho UNICEF hanesan parseiru xave implementador. COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC) hatan ona ba multilateral krize pandemia, aproveita ajensia multilateral sira-nia esperteza, rekursu husi doador sira no kompromisu pa’s reseptor sira, hodi apoia asesu ekitativu global ba vasina COVID-19. 

Ba fulan balu, parseiru COVAX sira apoia ona governu sira no parseiru sira iha mundu hodi prepara ba momentu ne’e. Iha Timor-Leste, OMS no UNICEF apoia dezenvolve ona planu dezenvolvimentu vasina no kampaña konsientizasaun nivel nasional no sub-nasional, UNICEF apoia fortalesimentu kadeia malirin. UNICEF no OMS mós apoia ona dezenvolvimentu no integrasaun COVID-19 Immunization Trackesr (CIT) ba Sistema Informasaun Saude Timor-Leste (TLHIS). UNICEF no OMS apoia ona formasaun ba profesional saude sira ba introdusaun no implementasaun vasina, identifikasaun no inumerasaun grupu prioridade sira, transporte ba vasina no armazenamentu vasina, administrasaun vasina no jestaun ba efeitu kolateral sira. 

Fasilidade COVAX no provizaun vasina apoia ona husi jenerozidade finansiamentu husi Governu Australia, Bhutan, Canada, Colombia, Republika Korea, Kuwait, Monaco, New Zealand, Qatar, Saude Arabia, Singapore, Team Europe, United Kindom, Estadu Unidu Amerika no doador noinstituisaun lubuk lubuk ida.


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KONA-BA COVAX

COVAX, pilar vasina sira husi Aselerador Instrumentu Asesu ba COVID-19 (ACT), hanran Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation (CEPI), Gavi, Aliansa ba Vasiba Gavi no Organizasaun Mundial Saude (OMS) – servisu parseria hoUNICEF hanesan parseiru xave, no mós organizasaun sosiedade sivil sira, fabrika vasina sira, Banku Mundial, no sira seluk. Iha Amerika PAHO Revolving organiza akizisaun husi COVAX.

Advance Market Commitment finansia husi jenerozidade governu sira, setor privadu, parseiru filantrópiku multilateral sira, Haree AMC donor table atu hetan lista promesa kompletu sira. 

Nota ba Editor sira
Full COVAX News Note to Editors: https://www.who.int/initiatives/act-accelerator/covax/covax-news-note-to-editors 
List of donor pledges to the Gavi COVAX AMC: https://www.gavi.org/sites/default/files/covid/covax/COVAX-AMC-Donors-Table.pdf
UNICEF COVAX page https://www.unicef.org/supply/covax-ensuring-global-equitable-access-covid-19-vaccines


 

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