Meeting of the Council of Ministers on September 22nd, 2021

Presidency of the Council of Ministers

Eighth Constitutional Government


Press Release

Meeting of the Council of Ministers on September 22nd, 2021

The Council of Ministers met at the Government Palace in Dili and, after analyzing the presentation of the national epidemiological situation, carried out by the coordinators of the Situation Room of the Integrated Center for Crisis Management (ICCM), decided:

to propose to His Excellency, the President of the Republic, Francisco Guterres Lú Olo, the renewal of the state of emergency, for another thirty days. Given that the determining causes that justified the declaration of the state of emergency and its renewals remain, in order to avoid and neutralize the risks of spreading new strains of SARS-CoV-2 and thus to protect public health and capacity of response of the National Health System, the Government proposes to the President of the Republic that, with the renewal of the state of emergency, the suspension or restriction of some fundamental rights and guarantees be allowed.

To approve the draft Government Resolution that maintains the imposition of a sanitary fence in the municipality of Dili until 23:59 hours on 29 September;

Thus, the imposition of the ban on the movement of people between the municipality of Dili and other administrative districts remains in force, except in duly substantiated cases for reasons of public safety, public health, humanitarian assistance, maintenance of public supply systems or performance public interest. This circulation ban does not cover individuals who can prove complete vaccination (two doses) against COVID-19, as well as children under six years of age who accompany them. not renew the imposition of sanitary fences in the municipalities of Baucau, Covalima and Ermera, which end today at 23:59 hours.

to approve the draft Government Resolution prohibiting the organization and holding of funeral ceremonies in buildings where bodies or services of the direct and indirect administration of the State are installed, in memory of employees, agents or workers of the public administration.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Social Solidarity and Inclusion, Armanda Berta dos Santos and the Minister of Health, Odete Maria Freitas Belo, as President and Vice-President, respectively, of the Interministerial Commission for the Elaboration and Coordination of Execution of the Vaccination Plan against COVID-19, made a presentation to the Council of Ministers on the process of implementation and functioning of the electronic vaccination certificate. The system was launched on June 10th, at the time of the launch of the second phase of vaccination against COVID-19 and works through the RSETL mobile phone application of the Family Health Program. The platform that contains the registration of vaccination against COVID-19 and also serves as proof for travel between municipalities covered by the imposition of sanitary fences.

Finally, those responsible for the Preparation and Coordination of the Implementation of the Vaccination Plan against COVID-19 also made a presentation on the preparation for the introduction of the Pfizer vaccine in national territory, aimed at allowing the vaccination of young people aged between 12 and 17 years. The COVAX Mechanism has already confirmed its availability to send 100,620 doses, which should arrive in the country soon. According to the plan presented, vaccination will be carried out in schools and the first 50,000 young people to receive the vaccine will be students from the 6th to the 11th of high school, from pre-selected municipalities. In the second phase, the remaining students and young people who are not registered in schools will be vaccinated. The two doses of this vaccine will be given 21 days apart. The preparation of the necessary storage conditions for the vaccines is being carried out at SAMES with the technical and financial support of UNICEF. The operational procedures for the storage, transport, management and application of the vaccines have already been prepared, which will be ensured with the technical support of the World Health Organization. The Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19 is 95% effective against the infection symptomatic by SARS-CoV-2. The End