AML Chairman Visits Temporary Airport Vaccination Centre & Encourages Staff to get Booster Dose

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The Chairman Mr Prakash Maunthrooa, accompanied by the OIC of AML Mr Siven Chellen, made a site visit today morning at the Temporary Vaccination Centre, which was set up at the Airport Receptorium since Monday 17 January 2022. During the visit, Mr Maunthrooa had interactions with officials of the Ministry of Health & Wellness, as well as with several airport stakeholders and airline representatives.

The Chairman had personally requested the High Level Committee and the MOH&W to deploy a mobile team at the airport to ease vaccination and to provide Pfizer vaccines to airport staff who are frontliners by nature of their duties.

Mr Maunthrooa also seized the opportunity to meet staff being vaccinated and appealed to all those who were to receive their booster dose, to come at the earliest to enjoy the special facility being extended to them to be vaccinated on their place of work.

It is expected that some 500 staff will have received their booster dose by the end of the first two days of vaccination.  

Significant Progress in Vaccination with 72% of Population Vaccinated

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According to official figures released on Monday 25 October 2021 , some 72% of the Mauritian population has already received a first jab of vaccine against Covid-19. Those having already received a second dose constitute about 68% of the population. In parallel, some 2% have already received a booster dose.

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These positive figures are testimony of the efficiency of the vaccination campaign launched a few months back. Government is now directing additional efforts in providing booster doses to those who are eligible. Students below 18 years are now also offered the opportunity of being vaccinated with a suitable vaccine. The objective is to ensure that the immunity level amongst the population remains adequate, particularly for those who were vaccinated earlier.  

In Rodrigues island also, the vaccination campaign has reached an advance stage with over 56% of the local population having received a first dose and some 54% having received two doses. This will create the optimum conditions for the resumption of commercial passenger flights between Mauritius and Rodrigues as from 01 November 2021. 

In parallel, the Ministry of Health and Wellness is working with experts from the World Health Organisation (WHO) who are in Mauritius for capacity building with regard to the sequencing of positive Covid-19 cases and the identification of strains/ variants of the virus. 

Mauritius receives First Doses of Pfizer Vaccines

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Some 76,000 doses of the Pfizer Vaccines arrived in Mauritius today on board Emirates Flight EK701 which landed at SSRIA around 08H50LT. This new consignment of Covid-19 vaccines were delivered to MRU under the COVAX facility. Eminent personalities from the Government of Mauritius, US Embassy, WHO and other agencies were present at the airport this morning to receive the vaccines.

The Pfizer vaccines will now allow Health Authorities in Mauritius to extend the vaccination campaign to other age groups of the population, whereby increasing the number of vaccinated Mauritians and increasing the protection against Covid-19.

Covid-19 Vaccination Roll Out exceed initial targets

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The Minister of Health and Wellness, Hon. Dr Kailesh Jagutpal recently announced that the national vaccination campaign was progressing faster than planned. Indeed, more than 720,000 Mauritians, representing some 60% of the population had already received a first dose of vaccine, as at 09 August 2021.

On Saturday 07 August 2021, a consignment of 108,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccines arrived in Mauritius. This is the latest result of a cooperation programme of the African Union, which aims at facilitating access to the vaccines for African countries.

As from 07 August 2021, Government has opened vaccination to all Mauritians aged above 18 years. Centres are located around the island and operational six days a week in order to facilitate access. Mauritius is boosting its efforts towards vaccinating the majority of the population before the next phase of opening of borders scheduled beginning of October 2021.    

SSRIA Welcomes First Flights as Phased Border Reopening Takes Place

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Emirates flight EK 701 was the first to land at SSRIA at about 08H50 this morning, with some 190 passengers on board. The Boeing 777 received the traditional Water Salute from ARFFS to mark the first passenger flight since the reopening was effective.

At 09H45, Air Mauritius flight MK 110 with some 116 passengers departed for Mumbai and is expected back today late evening.

The first commercial passenger flight operated by Air Mauritius, MK 015 from Paris CDG, landed at SSRIA at 12H10 with 295. ARFFS personnel marked this special flight of the Mauritian airline with the traditional Water Salute.

 To ensure the safety of all, special attention was given to the sanitary protocols throughout the processing of passengers.

 In all, some 700 incoming passengers are expected in Mauritius for today 15 July 2021. This is indeed an encouraging first day, which sets the local air travel industry on the path of recovery. All stakeholders are hoping for the Best and will continue to work together towards making it Happen…

Mauritius well set to achieve 'Herd Immunity'

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Mauritius received a new consignment of 500,000 Sinopharm Vaccines on 04 July 2021. This new lot of vaccines will allow the Authorities to administer jabs to many more Mauritians and is a firm step towards achieving the 'herd immunity' of 60% vaccinated population.

Presently, Government is putting in additional resources to facilitate the vaccination of several groups of the population. Following frontliners and health workers, the focus has shifted to educators and students to allow schools and educations institutions to resume.

As the vaccination campaign is progressing, the country is also preparing for the opening up of borders on 15 July 2021. At the level of the Airport and local Air Industry final preparations are underway to allow the smooth resumption of operations, while ensuring the safety of passengers and personnel. 

Additional 500,000 Covid-19 Vaccines Reach Mauritius

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Flight MK103 landed at about 19h30 tonight, bringing in some 500,000 doses of Sinopharm Vaccines from Beijing, PROC. The Prime Minister of Mauritius Hon. Pravind K, Jugnauth, Ministers of the Government and Mr Gong Yufeng, Chargé d'Affaires of the PROC Embassy in Mauritius were at the airport to receive the consignment. This new lot of vaccines will contribute to boost the national vaccination efforts.
Photos: GIS, Mauritius.

New Covid-19 Vaccine Consignment Arrives in Mauritius

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Some 38,400 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines arrived in Mauritius on board flight MK 017 which landed at SSR International Airport at 22H40 on 09 May 2021. This consignment of vaccines were delivered under the multi-agency-led initiative which aims at promoting equal access to Covid-19 vaccines throughout the world.

A delegation comprising Ministers of the Government and eminent members of the diplomatic corps & WHO were present at the airport to receive the vaccines on that occasion.

This new lot of vaccines will allow Mauritius to further its vaccination programme and protect more Mauritians against the virus. 


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The Airport Health Laboratory (AHL) is a state-of-the-art testing facility located at SSR International Airport and which started its operations in October 2020. To date, the AHL has completed more than 24,000 tests. Since the resurgence of local Covid-19 cases, a few weeks ago, some 16,000 tests were completed during the month of March 2021 alone.

The laboratory which works 24/7, uses high-tech testing equipment and is supported by specially designed ICT tools. The overall facility is manned by a dedicated team of highly qualified professionals. All of which gives the AHL the capacity to analyse more than 2500 samples daily. The AHL thus proves to be a key component of the national fight against the pandemic in Mauritius.

AML & ATOL Provide logistical support for National Covid-19 Vaccination Campaign

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AML & ATOL are supporting the National Vaccination Campaign against Covid-19. Part of the Check-In Hall of SSR International Airport has been put at the disposal of the Ministry of Health & Wellness for the vaccination exercise, which restarted today. This part of the terminal is hence regarded as a regional vaccination centre for the southern region of the island.


In addition to airport employees, other frontliners are also undergoing vaccination at the airport. 

Dedicated AML & ATOL personnel are also assisting the Ministry in channelling and registration tasks.