130 people have died from COVID-19 during the third wave in Fiji.
This is after two new COVID-19 deaths were reported overnight.
The Health Ministry confirms the first COVID-19 death is a 73-year-old woman from the Western Division who died at home on the 28th of last month.
She was not vaccinated.
The second COVID-19 death is a 79-year-old man from the Eastern Division who died at home on the 20th of this month.
He had predisposing medical conditions and was not vaccinated.
There has been a total of 826 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji.
The Ministry of Health says the current stocks of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine has finished and they will get more stocks in the next 6 weeks.
Permanent Secretary for Health, Doctor James Fong says they will continue to deploy Moderna and Pfizer as primary doses for children and adults and booster doses for adults.
He says many questions have been received on the role of post-infection immunity in defining the COVID-protected population.
Dr. Fong says then immunity gained through a vaccination program remains the only means by which we can measure immunity and therefore refine public health measures in the face of the ongoing risk of variant development and therefore future outbreaks.
He further says the Health Ministry will continue to monitor the advisories on post-infection immunity based on quality data that is being generated globally.
As of yesterday, 97,215 individuals have so far received booster doses.
93.1% of the adult target population are now fully vaccinated while 98.2% have received at least one dose.
30,930 children between the ages of 15 to 17 and 12,764 children between the ages of 12 to 14 are fully vaccinated.
37,638 children between the ages of 15 to 17 and 22,455 children between the ages of 12 to 14 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
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