The national state of emergency over the measles epidemic is extended for another two weeks, past Christmas Day to the 29th of December 2019.
The Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi made the formal announcement only hours ago inside his office.
There are still 16,000 thousand people to be vaccinated, according to the PM. The pulenu'u mop up operation has so far recorded 1342 unvaccinated people, 579 are 19 years and under with 763 above the younger age group.
The most vulnerable age group has been changed from 19 to 14 years and are restricted from being included in a group gathering.
The 2 weeks extension is timed to allow for the vaccination to work, counting back from the two day emergency massing vaccination campaign a week ago Thursday and Friday.
National vaccination coverage at the last updated report is up to 92 per cent about 6 percent short of the targeted 98 per cent.
(Full coverage of the new state of emergency deadline on our Sunday Newsline Samoa)