ST HELENA COVID-19 STATUS UPDATE
Following negative results from the re-testing of person(s) testing positive for COVID-19 in home quarantine on Saturday, 7 May 2022, the public is advised that there are no positive cases of COVID-19 on St Helena at this time.
All COVID-19 protocols adhered to during this quarantine period are now complete.
Members of the public should continue to practice good respiratory and hand hygiene and are thanked for your continued cooperation.
25 May 2022
COVID-19 PROOF OF VACCINATION AND PRE-DEPARTURE TESTING FOR PASSENGERS DEPARTING ON SATURDAY, 4 JUNE 2022
The Health Services Directorate would like to advise passengers booked on the Airlink flight scheduled to depart St Helena on Saturday, 4 June 2022, of the following requirements prior to their departure:
Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination:
All passengers will be asked for a proof of COVID-19 Vaccination upon arrival in Johannesburg. Passengers who have received COVID-19 vaccinations on-Island will need a Proof of Vaccination Letter, this must be arranged with COVID-19 Coordinator Grace Richards. Passengers are also advised to take their yellow vaccination cards for additional proof of vaccination.
Pre-Departure Testing for persons who are not fully vaccinated:
Passengers who are not fully vaccinated will be required to provide a negative PCR test result, taken within 72 hours prior to their departure for South Africa. (South Africa classes being fully vaccinated as having received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine). Children or young persons aged between 5 and 17 years who have not yet received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine will also be required to provide a negative PCR test result.
A pre-departure testing clinic will take place on Thursday, 2 June, at the Flu Pod, General Hospital in Jamestown, between 9am and 10.00am. Pre-bookings are essential.
A pre-departure COVID-19 test will cost £75.00. Children aged 5 to 16 years will not be required to pay for their PCR test.
Passengers are required to make payment at the Pharmacy on the day of testing, those wishing to pay beforehand can do so. All persons are asked to keep their receipt of payment as they will be required to provide this at the Flu Pod testing clinic as proof of payment. Failure to produce a receipt of payment will result in not receiving a test.
It is mandatory that you contact the COVID-19 Coordinator, Grace Richards, before your departure as it is essential to provide your passport details and date of birth for the documentation and bookings.
Grace can be contacted via: firstname.lastname@example.org or on tel. 22500.
PCR test results will be available at check-in at St Helena Airport on Saturday, 4 June 2022.
25 May 2022
PAEDIATRIC COVID-19 VACCINATIONS
The Health Services Directorate would like to inform parents/guardians that the second consignment of Paediatric COVID-19 vaccines have arrived on-Island.
The Health Services Directorate will be offering Paediatric COVID-19 vaccinations to children between the ages of 5 and 11 years from June 2022. Children aged 11 years old, who received the Paediatric vaccine for their first dose and have now turned 12 years old, will be offered the Paediatric vaccine for their second dose as well.
Parental Consent Letters: Parents/guardians of children within these age groups who have not received their first vaccine will receive consent forms and information leaflets regarding the Paediatric COVID-19 vaccination. Parents/guardians are asked to return the signed forms as soon as possible, regardless of your decision of consent to vaccinate your child.
Parents/guardians of children who have previously given consent and have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine: Will not receive a second consent form. However if there are concerns or you do not wish for your child to receive the second dose you are asked to please contact School Nurse, Cheryl Bedwell, as soon as possible via tel 22500 or email: Cheryl.Bedwell@sainthelena.gov.sh .
If there are parents/guardians with children who are eligible (between 5 and 11 year’s olds) and you have not yet received a letter/consent form prior to this week, please contact School Nurse, Cheryl Bedwell, as soon as possible.
Intervals between first and second vaccination doses: Recent medical evidence and expert advice provided to the Health Services Directorate supports that a second dose of the Paediatric vaccine can be given to children aged 5 to 11 years within 6 to 10 weeks after receiving the first dose. There will be children who will be offered a second dose within these time frames, during this round of vaccinations.
Parents planning to travel with children: When travelling, children over the age of five years are only deemed fully vaccinated if they have received the full dosage of an approved COVID-19 vaccine, and that the last dose (full vaccination) has been received at least 14 days prior to their arrival of their destination. Therefore parents/guardians of children within this age group are advised to contact the School Nurse, Cheryl Bedwell, or COVID-19 Coordinator, Grace Richards via email: email@example.com, to make the necessary arrangements for vaccination, if you are intending to travel on or after Saturday, 19 June 2022.
Please note: It is not a mandatory requirement for children to be fully vaccinated to travel. Children can still travel if they have not been vaccinated or have only received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, but you should check the requirements for travel for any country you transit through or travel to.
25 May 2022