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COVID-19 vaccination rollout in Fiji

COVID-19 vaccination rollout in Fiji

By fijivillage
Monday 14/06/2021
[Image: File Photo]

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says he is getting vaccinated because it is what we all must do to defeat this pandemic once and for all.


Do not believe in rumours and get vaccinated – TISI Sangam

By Shanil Singh
Monday 14/06/2021
TISI Sangam President Sadasivan Naicker. [Image: File Photo]

If you are not vaccinated, you are not safe.

This has been stressed by TISI Sangam President Sadasivan Naicker who says people should not believe in the false rumours regarding the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine.

Naicker says he knows some people who are against the vaccine due to religious beliefs but they firmly believe that everyone should get vaccinated.

He says this is what they have been telling their members and adds most of the district and national executives have received the first jab of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Naicker says with rapid rise in cases on a daily bases now, the vaccine is the only thing that could keep people safe.

He says despite majority of the COVID-19 cases being in the Central Division, people are still moving around and it is the responsibility of an individual to keep them and their families safe.




Vaccination is the only saviour and our best chance of returning to normalcy - Prasad

By Shanil Singh, Sheenal Charan
Sunday 13/06/2021
The President of the Shree Sanatan Dharm Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji, Sarju Prasad. [image: Labasa Sanatan/Facebook]

The President of the Shree Sanatan Dharm Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji, Sarju Prasad is urging people to get vaccinated because that is the only saviour and our best chance of returning to normalcy.

Prasad says it is the responsibility of every Fijian to look after their safety and the welfare of their loved ones.

He says there is nothing contrary to their religion in getting vaccinated and Sanatan Dharm itself believes in scientific research based on righteousness and facts.

Prasad says it is very unfortunate that some people are spreading rumours and people should not listen to the ones who are telling them not to get vaccinated.

He says he is surprised that people still have doubts about the AstraZeneca vaccine because it has been approved by the World Health Organization.

He is urging people to refrain from spreading misinformation and encourage their family members to get vaccinated.

Prasad says the Sanatan Dharm is not against vaccination or the use of any drug for the purpose of giving life to people.

He adds immunizing yourself against this pandemic will let us all have a good life and freedom of movement and those who have difficulties should discuss it with their doctors and priests or anybody who is educated in this area.




Leaders of the Methodist Church get first jab of AstraZeneca vaccine

Methodist Church President calls on people to get vaccinated as this is the only way forward from this virus
By Iva Danford
Friday 11/06/2021

Leaders of the Methodist Church in Fiji including the President Reverend Ili Vunisuwai and General Secretary of the Church Reverend Iliesa Naivalu received their first jab of the AstraZeneca vaccine in Suva today.

Speaking after getting vaccinated, Reverend Vunisuwai says he knows that there is a lot of hesitation out there in getting vaccinated and he calls on people to get the jab as it is our social obligation.

He says he believes that the Ministry of Health has given all the information that we need to assure us that the vaccine is safe.

Reverend Vunisuwai says he trusts the health officials and he knows that getting vaccinated will also help our economy apart from giving people the protection that they need.

The President of the Methodist Church is also calling on people and especially the Methodist congregation to get vaccinated as this is the only way forward from this virus.




All adults should get the COVID-19 vaccine to ensure there is a lower risk for children to get the virus – Dr Devi

By Vijay Narayan
Friday 11/06/2021
Head of the Vaccination Taskforce of the Health Ministry, Doctor Rachel Devi

The Head of the Vaccination Taskforce of the Health Ministry, Doctor Rachel Devi is encouraging all adults over 18 years to get the COVID-19 vaccine, AstraZeneca to ensure there is a lower risk for children to get the virus.

While speaking on our Straight Talk program, Doctor Devi says we should not be selfish and think of others around us who can be adversely affected during these trying times if we as adults do not choose to get vaccinated.

Doctor Devi says the COVID-19 vaccine that is being received by Fijians has undergone numerous tests and studies, and it has been developed by many great scientists.

She says it took a shorter time to develop the vaccine because the whole world was working together to get the COVID-19 vaccines out to protect the people.




Australia has so far provided 180,000 vaccines to Fiji

By Naveel Krishant
Friday 11/06/2021
[image: John Feakes/Twitter]

Australia has so far provided Fiji with 180,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines in the past 5 weeks.

This is part of the 1 million vaccines that Australia has pledged to provide Fiji.

Australian High Commissioner to Fiji John Feakes says Fiji is not alone as Australia stands with Fiji in good and bad times.

Feakes has also thanked the front-line workers who are helping in the fight to stop the spread of COVID-19.

As of yesterday, 228,030 people in Fiji have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.




AstraZeneca undergone numerous tests and studies, and it has been developed by many great scientists – Dr Devi

By Vijay Narayan
Thursday 10/06/2021
Head of the Vaccination Taskforce of the Health Ministry, Doctor Rachel Devi and CFL News Director Vijay Narayan.

The Head of the Vaccination Taskforce of the Health Ministry, Doctor Rachel Devi says the COVID-19 vaccine, AstraZeneca that is being received by Fijians has undergone numerous tests and studies, and it has been developed by many great scientists.

Doctor Devi says it took a shorter time to develop the vaccine because the whole world was working together to get the COVID-19 vaccines out to protect the people.

While speaking on our Straight Talk program, Doctor Devi says this is not a vaccine that is being tried on Fijians as Fiji would never allow that to happen.

Doctor Devi says people should also go with the evidence where the risk of severe conditions and deaths will be reduced when people are fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca.

You can also check out Doctor Devi’s interview on Straight Talk With Vijay Narayan on our fijivillage facebook page at 8am tomorrow (Friday).





220,437 people receive their first doses of AstraZeneca while 4,773 have received their second doses – Dr Devi

By Vijay Narayan
Wednesday 09/06/2021
Head of the Vaccination Taskforce at the Health Ministry, Doctor Rachel Devi and Legend FM News Director Vijay Narayan.

220,437 people in the country have received their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, AstraZeneca while 4,773 have received their second doses.

While speaking on our Straight Talk program on COVID-19, Head of the Vaccination Taskforce at the Health Ministry, Doctor Rachel Devi says they continue to take the vaccines to the people in different areas and they will cover more areas this week.

She says vaccine teams in Nadi and Suva have been cleared and they will also continue with the vaccination rollout soon.

Doctor Devi says you can contact the Health Ministry if you have any queries on the vaccine.





Third day of vaccine roll-out in Nadera, Nadawa & Laqere

By Semi Turaga
Wednesday 09/06/2021
United Aparal vaccination site in Nadawa

People in the greater Nadera, Nadawa and Laqere areas are still turning-up to get vaccinated today.

It is the third day of the vaccine rollout in these areas this week.

We saw people following the COVID-safe protocols such as wearing a mask and social distancing while lining up at the United Apparel Fiji Limited factory in Nadawa and Laqere Market.

Vaccination sites are open till 4.30 this afternoon.

This is for the first dose of the vaccine.

Vaccination is only available to the people living in the listed areas today and people from other areas and communities should wait for the vaccination team to visit their area.

If you are over 18 and want to be vaccinated, please present your valid photo identification e.g. Joint FNPF/FRCA, driver’s license, passport, student ID or FNPF card to register for vaccination.

If you have registered, please be ready with your registration reference number and valid photo identification.

You will need to get two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The date for your second dose will be put in the vaccination card after your first dose.




Vaccination is an opportunity in this crisis, do not hold back and grab it – Bainimarama

By Semi Turaga
Monday 07/06/2021
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama - [Photo: PM/Twitter]

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says vaccination is an opportunity in the midst of this crisis, do not hold back and grab it.

He says recently, a video went viral in which a pretender argued against the vaccine.

Bainimarama adds while it goes without saying that the Police are onto her for the lies propagated in that video, he wants to tell you, do not fear.

The Prime Minister says no amount of her lies will change the truth that the vaccine is effective.

He adds that the woman has nothing to show for her claims and she will soon be made to answer.

Bainimarama further says COVID-19’s hold over Fiji will dissipate.

He adds it will weaken and the light at the end of the tunnel will glow brighter and brighter.

The Prime Minister says let us recall together that light broke through some of the darkest moments in the history of our country because we Fijians stood united.

He adds even in the division, we conquered. Bainimarama says we chose to look on the brighter side despite the challenges, despite the crisis, despite the chaos that had gripped our country in times past.

He says we chose to believe that in the midst of every crisis lies great opportunities.

Bainimarama adds he mentioned last week that he will not be bullied by fear and nothing has changed.

He says he will continue to stand firm and he is confident that he will not be denied his salvation from this crisis.

The Prime Minister says you will not be denied your salvation and Fiji will not be denied its salvation from COVID-19.

Bainimarama adds he says this because we – Fiji – have mastered difficulties before.

He says we mastered those difficulties and we won opportunities.

Bainimarama says some point fingers at our frontliners and disciplined forces.

He says some have questioned their decision to lift movements around Fiji, even though they will all be done under very strict COVID-safe protocols.

The Prime Minister says some have questioned the efficacy of the vaccine.

He says those people see difficulties in every opportunity to set us free.

Bainimarama adds he sees opportunity in every difficulty.

The Prime Minister adds when the outbreak this year started, they were swift to advise villages to implement lockdown measures, including no maritime movements.

He says given this opportunity, 12 yaqona farmers from Koro partnered with Taki Mai which earned them $34,056. Bainimarama says in the midst of COVID-19, they saw an opportunity to earn.

He says they were visionary, they had the foresight, they had a positive attitude and more importantly, they believed.

The Prime Minister stresses that we can grab that same attitude instead of limiting ourselves to others’ views and comments.




COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Nadi has been temporarily halted until staff can be swabbed and cleared

Recent escalation in daily cases from the Central Division signals the increasing severity of this outbreak - Dr Fong
By Vijay Narayan
Monday 07/06/2021
Permanent Secretary for Health Dr James Fong.

The Health Ministry confirms their contact tracing investigations have identified several of their vaccination personnel as secondary contacts of an earlier-announced COVID-19 case in Nadi.

As a result, the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in Nadi has been temporarily halted until these staff can be swabbed and cleared.

Permanent Secretary for Health, Doctor James Fong says while an overwhelming majority of new cases are linked to existing clusters, it is clear that the recent escalation in daily case numbers from the Central Division signals the increasing severity of this outbreak.

Doctor Fong says the emergence of clusters outside of the Lami-Nausori containment zone in Naitasiri is also a cause for concern, and the cases within the CWM Hospital, as well as within the COVID-19 Incident Management Team, are serious developments that have had an impact on their ability to respond.

Doctor Fong says we can expect more cases.

Therefore, now more than ever, they are urging every Fijian to consistently take heed of the measures they have announced to protect yourselves and your loved ones from this virus.

If you leave your home you should behave as if every single person you encounter is potentially a carrier of COVID-19.

Anyone can get COVID-19, but we can all reduce our risk by following these simple rules if we have to leave home: Wear a well-fitted mask, maintain physical distancing of at least 2 metres between yourself and others, download the careFIJI app and activate your Bluetooth, avoid crowds and crowded, confined places and wash your hands frequently with soap and water or hand sanitiser.

Do not attend or organize social gatherings.

Don’t meet up with friends.

Don’t share a bowl of grog with workmates after work or anyone outside your household.

Don’t visit family that live outside your home. It is safest to avoid interacting with anyone who is not a member of your household as much as possible.




Australia has so far provided 130,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines

By Naveel Krishant
Friday 04/06/2021
[Image: John Feakes]

Australia has so far provided Fiji with 130,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines.

This is after 10,000 additional doses arrived last night.

The Australian government has pledged to provide Fiji with 1 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines.

Last night, Australia also provided COVID-19 testing kits for Fiji.




500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines donated by New Zealand expected to arrive in 3 months

NZ to also give close to $3m to support vaccine rollout
By Shanil Singh
Tuesday 01/06/2021
NZ to also give close to $3m to support vaccine rollout. [image: BBC]

The 500,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines provided by New Zealand is expected to arrive within the next three months.

New Zealand will also be donating around $3 million to support vaccine preparedness and rollout.

This was highlighted by the New Zealand Minister of State for Trade and Export Growth Phil Twyford during the NZ-Fiji Business Council Meeting.

Twyford says in the last few weeks New Zealand has provided emergency assistance worth over NZ$500,000 to support Fiji in containing the immediate effects of the outbreak.

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The New Zealand Government has also offered a grant contribution of approximately $60 million in budget support and Twyford says they are well aware that more must be done to support Fiji.

He adds as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has indicated, they will be in a position to begin conversations with other Pacific neighbours including Fiji on quarantine-free travel arrangements when the time is right.

Twyford says whatever the timeframe for reopening, their priority will always be keeping the New Zealand and Pacific people safe.




Health Ministry administers 136,247 AstraZeneca doses so far

By Vijay Narayan
Sunday 30/05/2021
[Image: file photo]

The Health Ministry says they have administered 136,247 AstraZeneca doses so far.

Permanent Secretary, Doctor James Fong says they have administered 36,885 vaccinations from 24th to 29th May – 33,077 first doses and 3,808 second doses.

He says the new shipment of vaccines have arrived in the country and they will be continuing the vaccination programme this week.

Once this new batch of vaccines is used up, Doctor Fong says they will have given the first dose of the vaccine to 260,000 people in Fiji in total.




Vaccination drive to start in the Nadi-Lautoka Zone on Monday

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Sunday 30/05/2021
[Image: file photo]

The Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has highlighted if people do not get vaccinated, the economy will not reopen, people cannot go back to work or their businesses and resume life as normal.

Bainimarama says they will roll out a large vaccination drive in the Nadi-Lautoka Zone starting on Monday.

He says the Ministry of Health will also carry out a large screening and swabbing exercise within the one Nadi-Lautoka Containment Zone in the next 7-days.

The Prime Minister adds he knows that life has not been easy and many people understand the necessity of what needs to be done.

He is urging all Fijians to get registered and vaccinated so that they can protect themselves and their families.




3,117 people fully vaccinated for COVID-19 this week

Health Ministry aims to vaccinate a total of 260,000 people as another 50,000 doses will arrive by the end of the week
By Vijay Narayan
Friday 28/05/2021

19,348 people have been vaccinated in the Suva-Nausori corridor and 24,042 in all of Fiji since Monday.

Permanent Secretary for Health, Doctor James Fong says to date, 18.5 percent of the targeted population have received at least one dose, and 3,117 individuals have had 2 doses.

Doctor Fong says an additional 50,000 AstraZeneca doses are due to arrive in the country by the end of the week.

He says once these doses are deployed, at least 260,000 people will have got their first dose.




COVID-19 vaccination campaign in the Suva and Nausori Containment Zones to continue at 9 this morning

Please check if the vaccination team is visiting your area today
By Semi Turaga
Wednesday 26/05/2021
Listed areas are only for those living in that area. [Image: Fijian Government/Facebook]

The COVID-19 vaccination campaign in the Suva and Nausori Containment Zones will continue today.

It will start at 9am and finish at 4.30pm.

This is for the first dose of the vaccine.

Please note that vaccination is only available to the people living in the listed area today.

People from other areas and communities should wait for the vaccination team to visit their area.

The Health Ministry says it will give prior notice through the district advisory councilors, village headmen and community health workers before they visit your area.

Wear a mask, wash your hands or sanitize before and after being vaccinated, maintain safe physical distancing of 2 metres from another person and do not get into close contact with anyone while waiting to be vaccinated.

Those who are above 18 years of age and wish to be vaccinated, please present your valid photo identification e.g. Joint FNPF/FRCA, driver’s license, passport, student ID or FNPF card to register for vaccination.

If you have registered, please be ready with your registration reference number and valid photo identification.

Those who are living within the allocated area for vaccination but have to go to work out of the area can be vaccinated next time. Those who are working within the areas of vaccination sites can get vaccinated.

Please note you need to get two doses of AstraZeneca for greater efficacy.

The date for your second dose will be put in the vaccination card after your first dose.




Fijians in Suva-Nausori corridor turn up in numbers to get their first jab

By Rashika Kumar
Tuesday 25/05/2021
Fijians turn up in numbers to get their first jab. [Image: Fijian Government]

Residents in the greater Nasinu and Nausori areas turned up in numbers at active COVID vaccination stations yesterday.

The Health Ministry says it recorded a high uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Kinoya resident Nasoni Vono says the long queue and the wait was worth it.

He says getting the jab is not a bad thing as some were saying and this is actually the beginning of good things to come as a vaccinated nation will open doors and allow for free travel.

Officials were on hand to ensure persons with disabilities and individuals with issues such as diabetes, hypertension, heart conditions, asthma and medical conditions were served as soon as they reached each vaccination station.

Daniele Tavere of Nakasi says diabetic patients like him are grateful for the quick service.

He says people should come out and get their jab as it will also ease the burden on the officials who are already stretched out as it is.

All eligible family members of Ashneil Prasad’s household also received their first jab yesterday.

Prasad, his sister and mother were among the many residents of Lakena No.2 Hill in Nausori who received their jab.




Huge crowds of people at various COVID-19 vaccination locations in Suva

Social distancing not followed in Wainitarawau
By Vijay Narayan, Iva Danford
Monday 24/05/2021
Crowd at Wainitarawau Road, Cunningham for vaccination. Photo: Atishwar Chand

Huge crowds of people turned up at various COVID-19 vaccination locations in Suva this morning which included Wainitarawau Road in Cunningham, Kinoya Methodist Church and Kinoya Village Hall.

In Wainitarawau Settlement, some people were seen standing in groups in long lines while others are crowded up in a tent not maintaining the 2 metres physical distancing.

Police officers and soldiers are also seen telling people to follow the COVID-19 protocols.

Permanent Secretary for Health, Doctor James Fong stresses that people should not line up and crowd at the vaccination site or in front of the mobile buses.

Doctor Fong says the mobile team will be visiting and vaccinating households having home-bound individuals due to illness or old age and are known to the Ministry of Health.

Please stay at your home and wait for your turn when your family is called by the mobile teams from the road.

Police Spokesperson Savaira Tabua says police officers have been at the vaccination sites from when it started this morning and despite informing people to follow protocols, some still came in crowds and not adhering.

She says they have stepped up operations in these areas.

Planned mobile mass COVID-19 vaccinations started in parts of the Suva Nausori Containment Zones from this morning and people are requested to stay at their homes until mobile health officials call out from the road for you to either go to a nearby mobile vaccination site or to the mobile bus to get vaccinated.

This is for the first dose of the vaccine.




Mobile COVID-19 mass vaccination to roll out in Suva and Nausori Containment Zones

Please stay in your homes and wait for health officials to call you from the road to get vaccinated
By Vijay Narayan
Sunday 23/05/2021

Planned mobile mass COVID-19 vaccinations start in parts of the Suva Nausori Containment Zones from this morning and people are requested to stay at their homes until mobile health officials call out from the road for you to either go to a nearby mobile vaccination site or to the mobile bus to get vaccinated.

This is for the first dose of the vaccine.

Permanent Secretary for Health, Doctor James Fong stresses that people should not line up and crowd at the vaccination site or in front of the mobile bus.

He says there will be many mobile buses doing vaccination in the listed areas from today.

Please stay at your home and wait for your turn when your family is called by the mobile teams from the road.

Vaccination is only available to the people living in the listed areas today.

Doctor Fong says the mobile team will be visiting and vaccinating households having home-bound individuals due to illness or old age and are known to the Ministry of Health.

For today’s vaccinations, there will be area visits by mobile buses from 8am to 5pm in the Greater Suva Area, vaccination at Wailea Settlement and Vusavusa Housing will be at the community hall with the mobile bus from 9am to 5pm, Cunningham Stage 1 Wainimako Hall from 9am to 5pm, Wainitarawau Road at the mobile bus and tent from 9am to 5pm, and Nakasi area – Salim Street, Wailai Street, Chadwick Road, Nakasi Road up to Naulu Junction at Chadwick Mandir Street Hall from 9am to 5pm.

For the areas in Rewa, there will be mobile vaccination buses for the Greater Nausori Area from 9am to 4pm.

Other area visits for first dose vaccination will be Lakena Hill No 2, Nausori Village, Vunivivi Hill, Manoca area, Raralevu Village, Vusuya Village, and Waituri.

Wear a mask; wash your hands or sanitize before and after being vaccinated; maintain safe physical distancing of 2 metres from another person; and do not get into close contact with anyone while waiting to be vaccinated.

Those who are above 18 years of age and wish to be vaccinated, please present your valid photo identification e.g. Joint FNPF/FRCA, driver’s license, passport, student ID or FNPF card to register for vaccination.

If you have registered, please be ready with your registration reference number and valid photo identification.

Those who are living within the allocated area for vaccination but have to go to work out of the area can be vaccinated next time. Those who are working within the areas of vaccination sites can get vaccinated.

Please note you need to get two doses of AstraZeneca for greater efficacy.

The date for your second dose will be put in the vaccination card after your first dose.




Health Ministry to undertake massive vaccination drive in the Central Division from today

Transmission is concentrated in the Central Division at this time
By Naveel Krishant
Sunday 23/05/2021

The Health Ministry will conduct a massive vaccination drive beginning today throughout the Central Division for all persons 18 and older who have not yet received their first dose.

The Ministry says they have arranged for vaccination centres at well-known fixed locations and will also deploy mobile vaccination teams in some areas.

They add vaccination sites, times and any special information will be published every day on the Fijian Government Facebook page.

The Health Ministry says transmission is concentrated in the Central Division at this time, in the Suva-Nausori Containment Area, and that is where they are focusing their attention, personnel and resources.

One more person has recovered from COVID-19 while Fiji currently has 86 active cases, with 224 cases recorded in total since our first case in March 2020.

All active cases are stable.




20,000 Australian manufactured AstraZeneca vaccines arrived last night

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Friday 21/05/2021
20,000 more AstraZeneca vaccines arrived in the country from Australia last night.

20,000 more AstraZeneca vaccines arrived in the country from Australia last night.

Australia’s High Commissioner to Fiji John Feakes said on Twitter that this is to further support the Health Ministry's fight against COVID-19 in the country.

A PCR testing machine to help ramp up the testing efforts across the country arrived last night.

Earlier this month, the Australian government also donated 10,000 vaccines through the Vuvale partnership.

Approximately 86,000 AstraZeneca doses are expected to arrive in the country by the end of the week through the COVAX facility and Australia and New Zealand.

The Health Ministry is planning to take vaccines to Fijians through mobile units and drive-through vaccination sites.

The locations of the mobile vaccination teams will be announced early next week.

The Health Ministry’s priority will be to provide first-dose to the rest of the frontline workers including those who have a high level of public contact in their employment such as taxi and bus drivers and those working in supermarkets; Fijians living in densely populated areas; and to individuals who are particularly vulnerable because of age, compromised immunity and certain chronic illnesses.




1 million vaccines to come from Australia and 500,000 vaccines to come from NZ

Strategic vaccination roll-out plan is being formulated for Viti Levu
By Vijay Narayan, Iva Danford
Monday 17/05/2021
[image credit: John Feakes Twitter Page]

More doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, AstraZeneca are on their way to Fiji as the Australian government has committed to giving 1 million vaccines while the New Zealand government will give half a million vaccines.

Health Minister, Doctor Ifereimi Waqainabete had earlier stated that Fiji is targeting to get 1.2 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as they aim to vaccinate 600,000 people in the country.

During a meeting with Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, the Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison committed to providing 1 million vaccines and Australia will provide the delivery timetable to Fiji in the next couple of weeks.

Bainimarama has conveyed his appreciation to Morrison for Australia’s unprecedented commitment and support to Fiji's response and recovery from COVID-19.

Australia has also supported Fiji through direct budget support totalling AUD 35 million (approximately FJD55 million).

The Australian High Commissioner to Fiji, John Feakes says with the combined AstraZeneca vaccines donated by Australia and New Zealand, it will be able to cover the entire eligible population in Fiji.

Feakes says the officials in Canberra are working on the details of delivery.

Fiji received 10,000 doses of Australian-manufactured AstraZeneca vaccine last week and another 10,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from Australia arrived on Friday.

Permanent Secretary for Health, Doctor James Fong says the vaccines from New Zealand are expected to arrive in the third quarter of this year.

Australia has already started sending 10,000 doses a month.

The Ministry of Health says given the COVID-19 status quo and the need to take extreme caution against the rapidly spreading COVID-19 disease, a strategic vaccination roll-out plan is being formulated for Viti Levu.

They say the COVID-19 vaccination drive for the target population has concluded in Taveuni, Savusavu and Macuata in Vanua Levu.

The Health Ministry will advise the public as more vaccines are rolled-out around the country and will make necessary announcements once it is safe to do so.

They say for now, the public is urged to follow all national COVID-19 safe protocols that are in place to control the outbreak.

At this stage the Ministry of Health’s priority is to vaccinate the high risk population which include the frontline workers, persons with disability, people over 60 years of age and people with comorbidity issues as they are easily susceptible to the disease.

The Ministry of Health reassures all vaccine eligible individuals that they will be vaccinated in due course of time. Fiji will continue to receive the COVID-19 vaccines in batches similar to the other countries.




86,000 AstraZeneca doses to be in the country by the end of the week & plans underway to take vaccines to Fijians through mobile units

By Vijay Narayan
Wednesday 19/05/2021
AstraZeneca doses

Fiji will have approximately 86,000 AstraZeneca doses by the end of the week through the COVAX facility and Australia and New Zealand.

Permanent Secretary for Health, Doctor James Fong reveals the vaccination plan includes taking vaccines to Fijians through mobile units.

He says this will ensure that all Fijians will be able to access the vaccine without having to travel far or wait too long in queues.

For further convenience to members of the public, they will also have drive-through vaccination sites.

The locations of the mobile vaccination teams will be announced early next week.

He says their priority will be to provide first-dose to the rest of the frontline workers including those who have a high level of public contact in their employment such as taxi and bus drivers and those working in supermarkets; Fijians living in densely populated areas; and to individuals who are particularly vulnerable because of age, compromised immunity and certain chronic illnesses.

Doctor Fong says they will also complete the vaccination process for those who have already received their first dose.

Fiji will have approximately 86,000 AstraZeneca doses by the end of the week through the COVAX facility and Australia and New Zealand.

Permanent Secretary for Health, Doctor James Fong reveals the vaccination plan includes taking vaccines to Fijians through mobile units.

He says this will ensure that all Fijians will be able to access the vaccine without having to travel far or wait too long in queues.

For further convenience to members of the public, they will also have drive-through vaccination sites.

The locations of the mobile vaccination teams will be announced early next week.

He says their priority will be to provide first-dose to the rest of the frontline workers including those who have a high level of public contact in their employment such as taxi and bus drivers and those working in supermarkets; Fijians living in densely populated areas; and to individuals who are particularly vulnerable because of age, compromised immunity and certain chronic illnesses.

Doctor Fong says they will also complete the vaccination process for those who have already received their first dose.




Frontliners start getting 2nd jabs of AstraZeneca

By Vijay Narayan, Shanil Singh
Wednesday 19/05/2021
Health worker getting his second jab of vaccine for COVID-19. Photo: Ashank Jyotishwara Naidu

The Health Ministry has now taken the next step to fully vaccinate the frontliners for COVID-19.

The second jabs are now being administered on the health workers.

Permanent Secretary for Health Doctor James Fong says they want people that have got the first dose to get maximum protection by ensuring that the interval between the two doses is 8 to 12 weeks.

Meanwhile more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, AstraZeneca are on their way to Fiji as the Australian government has committed to giving 1 million vaccines while the New Zealand government will give half a million vaccines.

Health Minister Doctor Ifereimi Waqainabete had earlier stated that Fiji is targeting to get 1.2 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as they aim to vaccinate 600,000 people in the country.

During a meeting with Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison committed to providing 1 million vaccines and Australia will provide the delivery timetable to Fiji in the next couple of weeks.

The Australian High Commissioner to Fiji, John Feakes says with the combined AstraZeneca vaccines donated by Australia and New Zealand, it will be able to cover the entire eligible population in Fiji.

The Ministry of Health says given the COVID-19 status quo and the need to take extreme caution against the rapidly spreading COVID-19 disease, a strategic vaccination roll-out plan is being formulated for Viti Levu.

At this stage the Ministry of Health’s priority is to vaccinate the high-risk population which include the frontline workers, persons with disability, people over 60 years of age and people with comorbidity issues as they are easily susceptible to the disease.




Additional 10,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine arrives from Australia

By Iva Danford
Saturday 15/05/2021
[Image: John Feakes/ Twitter]

An additional 10,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine have arrived from Australia.

Australia's High Commissioner to Fiji, John Feakes says they are pleased to announce this second delivery of Australia-made AstraZeneca vaccines which landed in Nadi last night to further assist Fiji’s COVID19 vaccine rollout.

Feakes says Australia continues to stand with the Fijian government through this ongoing challenge and supports their efforts.

These vaccines follow an initial 10,000 doses that arrived on May 6th.

Permanent Secretary for Health, Doctor James Fong had earlier said the current commitments for the COVID-19 vaccine doses for the country can cover 484,000 Fijians.

He says we need to cover 650,000 people.




COVID-19 vaccination drive in parts of Macuata and Bua today

By Semi Turaga
Friday 14/05/2021
You must maintain a safe physical distance of 2 metres and please download the careFIJI app and turn on your bluetooth.

The Health Ministry's COVID-19 vaccination drive starts today in parts of Macuata and Bua.

You can get vaccinated at St Mary's Primary School in Labasa, the Agriculture Quarters in Dreketi, Nadogo Secondary School in Wainikoro, Naduri Health Centre and Lagi Health Centre in Macuata.

In Bua, you get can vaccinated at the Nabouwalu Screening tent, Lekutu Health Centre and Wainunu Health Centre.

If you are going to the vaccination site please wear a proper mask and do not remove your mask to talk to anyone.

You must maintain a safe physical distance of 2 metres.

Carry an effective hand sanitiser and frequently sanitise your hands.

Please download the careFIJI app and turn on your bluetooth.

Bring your water bottle and essentials so that you do not have to share with anyone.

The Ministry of Health says they are targeting frontliners including private and public health care workers, defence force, sea and airports, and civil servants joining the COVID-19 contact tracing team, individuals involved in the Blue Lane Initiative, taxi, minivan and bus drivers, bankers, workers from petrol stations, individuals above 60 years of age, individuals with co-morbid issues such as diabetes, hypertension, heart conditions, asthma, HIV, cancer, renal dialysis patients and any other medical condition.




Next phase of COVID-19 vaccination campaign begins in Suva, Nadi and Lautoka

By Shanil Singh
Monday 03/05/2021

The next phase of the COVID-19 Vaccination drive has started in Nadi, Lautoka and Suva this morning.

People are being urged to come at Prince Charles Park in Nadi and Tilak High School in Lautoka till 6pm.

For those living in Suva, you can go to the Special Outpatients Department at the CWM Hospital and the Queen Victoria School Old Boys Club Hall in Brewster Road till 5pm today.

This is latest batch of the 24,000 doses which arrived in the country this month and is currently being administered to the targeted high-risk groups.

The high-risk groups include the remaining frontline workers and those providing essential services during the lockdown and Fiji’s vulnerable population.

The essential services include all vaccine eligible people who are part of the air and rescue services, air traffic control services, ports services, civil aviation, telecommunication services, food and sanitary manufacturing plants and services, electricity services, emergency services, fire services, health and hospital services, lighthouse services, meteorological services, mine pumping, ventilation and winding, supply and distribution of fuel and gas, power, telecommunications, garbage collection, transport services, water and sewage services, Fiji National Provident Fund, Fiji Revenue and Customs Services, civil service, private security services and road services.

The Ministry of Health is encouraging persons with disabilities and individuals with co-morbid issues such as diabetes, hypertension, heart conditions, asthma, HIV, cancer, patients undergoing renal dialysis and any other medical condition to come forward and get vaccinated.

They are working with the targeted high-risk groups to ensure that all COVID-19 safe measures are observed at the vaccination sites.

People are being advised to strictly comply with the COVID-19 safe measures to ensure no compromise of anyone’s safety when at the vaccination site.




Current commitments for the COVID-19 vaccine doses for the country can cover 484,000 Fijians – Dr Fong

We need to cover 650,000 people
By Vijay Narayan
Saturday 01/05/2021
AstraZeneca vaccine. [image: BBC]

Permanent Secretary for Health, Doctor James Fong says the current commitments for the COVID-19 vaccine doses for the country can cover 484,000 Fijians.

He says we need to cover 650,000 people.

Doctor Fong says they expect 64,800 of the 100,800 doses pledged by COVAX to arrive by June.

New Zealand has pledged half a million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Fiji.

We have received 100,000 doses from India and expect to receive the first shipment of 10,000 doses from Australia as early as next week, with other shipments arriving monthly.

The Permanent Secretary says they are grateful for the commitments they have received for vaccines so far, but they are not enough, nor are they coming soon enough, and the government is working with our international partners on new commitments

He says with an outbreak already upon us, the urgency of achieving widespread immunity grows daily.

Doctor Fong also stresses that no one in Fiji is fully vaccinated.

You need two doses of these vaccines to be fully vaccinated, and then need to wait an additional two weeks for its full response within your immune system to take effect.

He says only once every Fijian, who is eligible, achieves that level of immunity, will Fiji truly be safe from this deadly virus.

The Permanent Secretary says it is not easy to give up the normal activities of daily life and remain at home, but if we all make this effort, we can stop this virus once again and return to those normal activities--to go to work, see family and friends, do our shopping, play sports.

He stresses that no government can defeat this virus alone as it takes the effort of an entire nation to stop it in its tracks, and that means that every Fijian depends on every other Fijian to do their part in the lockdown zone, in the containment areas, and all across Fiji.

Doctor Fong says this is like a war, defeat is unthinkable, and compromise is impossible.

He says we have to win, and we will win but we will need everyone’s best effort.




NZ to provide AstraZeneca vaccines for 250,000 Fijians

By Naveel Krishant
Thursday 29/04/2021
[Image:bbc]

Fiji’s fight against COVID-19 has received a major boost as New Zealand has offered, and Fiji has accepted, AstraZeneca doses for 250,000 people from New Zealand’s domestic vaccine portfolio.

New Zealand Associate Minister of Health and Foreign Affairs Aupito William Sio and Fijian Health Minister Dr. Ifereimi Waqainabete met virtually last week to discuss New Zealand’s offer, which also includes NZ$2 million of Official Development Assistance to support Fiji’s vaccine rollout.

The Ministers say New Zealand and Fiji are working together closely to support Fiji with access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines at the earliest opportunity.

Both Ministers stressed that there are still a number of steps to work through before the vaccines can be delivered.

The vaccine still has to be approved by Medsafe before it can be used in New Zealand and donated to Fiji.

Dr. Waqainabete says Fiji has chosen to roll-out AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine following earlier deliveries through the COVAX AMC and from India, and they are delighted New Zealand has been able to support us to continue our campaign

Sio says Fiji has worked hard to keep COVID-19 contained and New Zealand has been committed to supporting it in this.

He says New Zealand is working hard to make that happen as soon as possible with a target of delivery for the third quarter of this year.




We will be getting enough vaccines for everyone - Dr Fong

By Shanil Singh
Friday 23/04/2021
Permanent Secretary for Health, Doctor James Fong.

The Permanent Secretary for Health Dr James Fong says there are indications that they will be getting enough COVID-19 vaccines for everyone they want to vaccinate.

Dr Fong says they will be getting the vaccine in batches which will be rolled out for the rest of the year.

He has also confirmed that the Ministry could start the next phase of their vaccination campaign as early as next Wednesday. Another 24,000 AstraZeneca doses from the COVAX facility arrived in Fiji earlier this week.

Dr Fong says they wanted to start with the roll out this Saturday but that will be tough because of the amount of containment programs they are running.

Meanwhile the Head of Health Protection Dr Aalisha Sahukhan has also confirmed that there are studies ongoing around the world regarding vaccines for children and they are watching that carefully.

Dr Sahukhan says once the studies conclude, organizations such as the World Health Organization will look at the results and make a recommendation if children should be vaccinated or not.

She adds there are a number of vaccine trials going on for children and they are waiting for that.




Health Ministry to announce COVID-19 vaccine deployment plan soon

By Vijay Narayan, Iva Danford
Tuesday 20/04/2021
COVAX Facility is a global initiative aimed at making sure low and middle-income countries get access to the vaccines.

Another 24,000 AstraZeneca doses from the COVAX facility has arrived and the Permanent Secretary for Health Dr James Fong says that they are looking at deploying the whole 24,000 vaccines soon.

Please stay listening to get details on the vaccination centres.

Dr Fong says another batch will also be arriving quickly and that is where they will be keeping the second dose of the 24,000.

COVAX Facility is a global initiative aimed at making sure low and middle-income countries get access to vaccines.

The European Union and its member states as well as the European Union Investment Bank are some of the lead contributors to the COVAX Facility.

 [images: Ministry of Health & Medical Services/Facebook]



More than 50,000 people vaccinated and all vaccination centres closed for now

24,000 more AstraZeneca doses from COVAX facility expected to arrive next week
By Iva Danford
Friday 16/04/2021

More than 50,000 people have been vaccinated and all vaccination centres are closed for now.

The Ministry of Health confirms the current vaccine supply has been exhausted.

They earlier announced that this phase of the campaign would end today depending on availability of vaccines.

They say the little remaining vaccine stock will be used for targeted vaccination activities.

Permanent Secretary for Health Doctor James Fong has also confirmed that some specific frontline groups and some of the vulnerable groups will be vaccinated with the remaining stock.

Doctor Fong has also stressed that their Outreach Teams will be visiting these specific groups of people as this is not a public campaign.

The Ministry says 12,354 people were vaccinated on Thursday.

Minister for Health Doctor Ifereimi Waqainabete has also confirmed that everyone that got their first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine will surely be getting their second dose in the next 8 to 12 weeks as they have kept it aside.

Doctor Waqainabete says this is the way their vaccination program has been made and they will always follow it.

They say it is evident through this massive turnout that Fijians are once again committed to protecting themselves, their families and Fiji during this pandemic.

The Ministry has also announced that the second batch of vaccines through the COVAX facility is expected to arrive next week.

They say the next phase of the vaccine rollout will start soon after these 24,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine are received.

The Ministry is also urging people if they have missed out on getting vaccinated this time, please stand by for the start of the next phase in the next 2 weeks.




Current COVID-19 vaccination campaign about to end soon as 50,000 target about to be reached – Dr Waqainabete

By Vijay Narayan
Friday 16/04/2021
Crowds today at the Vodafone Arena rushed to get their 1st jab of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Health Ministry is about to reach it’s target of vaccinating 50,000 people in the country to protect them against COVID-19 and the number of vaccination centres open today have been reduced compared to earlier this week.

Large crowds are turning up today at centres like Vodafone Arena to get the AstraZeneca jab, and it is getting clear that the demand for the vaccine in the country is now exceeding the limited number of doses available.

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Only one centre is open in Suva today while none are open in Nasinu, Nausori and Lami.

Some centres open in different parts of the country today only have the opening time and the closing time will depend on the availability of the number of doses as it may finish earlier than expected.

Health Minister, Doctor Ifereimi Waqainabete says they are close to the 50,000 target and he assures those who miss out will be vaccinated in the next batch.

Doctor Waqainabete says the Health Ministry will ensure everyone above 18 years is vaccinated.

He has thanked all those who have come in to get vaccinated.

Another 90,000 doses of the vaccine are expected to arrive in the next few weeks. However there is no confirmation on the timeline at this stage.





People who got their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will surely be getting their second dose in the next 8 to 12 weeks – Dr Waqainabete

By Iva Danford
Thursday 15/04/2021
Minister for Health Doctor Ifereimi Waqainabete.

Minister for Health Doctor Ifereimi Waqainabete confirms that everyone that got their first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine will surely be getting their second dose in the next 8 to 12 weeks as they have kept it aside.

Doctor Waqainabete says this is the way their vaccination program has been made and they will always follow it.

He says they aim to finish off this phase of vaccination by Saturday where they will have 50,000 people vaccinated.

Doctor Waqainabete says now there is a lot more interest in vaccination and just looking at the photos of the number of people getting vaccinated will uplift spirits.

Waqainabete says this has also been uplifting for health care workers and the disciplined forces because they have been working hard behind the scenes.

He says more than 9,000 people were vaccinated yesterday alone.

The Minister says with the number of people that have been vaccinated now, more people have a fair idea of what side effects to expect after getting the first dose.

Waqainabete says the good news for us is that no one has needed extensive medical care because of the side effects. He says some of the people experienced fever, body pain and other symptoms which were expected.

He says they are very happy with the response and their planning continues for the next batch of vaccines.





27,705 Fijians vaccinated against COVID-19 so far

By Shanil Singh
Wednesday 14/04/2021

27,705 Fijians have received the first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine so far.

The Ministry of Health says 9,932 people were vaccinated yesterday alone.

The Ministry says based on the high uptake of vaccine by the public, the current phase of the vaccination campaign is expected to end by this Saturday.

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They say the target for this phase was to vaccinate 50,000 people.

People who have not registered for COVID-19 vaccination do not need to worry as they can get registered and vaccinated at the vaccination centre.

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You just need to turn up with your photo ID.

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If you have already registered then you just need to show your reference number and get vaccinated.

The COVID-19 vaccination campaign is currently underway in the Southern, Northern, Western and Eastern Divisions.




Vaccination hesitation starting to ease off as we are getting a critical mass of people getting vaccinated – Dr Fong

By Vijay Narayan
Tuesday 13/04/2021
Doctor Fong says they are now getting the willing people over 18 years to get vaccinated along with those in the vulnerable group.

Permanent Secretary for Health, Doctor James Fong confirms that the COVID-19 vaccination hesitation is starting to ease off as we are getting a critical mass of people getting vaccinated.

With huge turnouts being recorded at the COVID-19 vaccination sites around the country from today, Doctor Fong says he can also confirm that the health officials are no longer being hassled by people based on religious lines.

He says this has changed after the meeting with the faith based organisations earlier this month.

Doctor James Fong says they are now getting the willing people over 18 years to get vaccinated along with those in the vulnerable group.

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He says their deployment plan is changing according to the requirements of the situation.

Doctor Fong says they had an original deployment plan but the situation has changed based on the expiry date of the stocks and the arrival of more vaccine stocks soon under the COVAX facility.

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Doctor Fong says huge turnouts are also being recorded as they are doing schedules for large groups. He confirms many civil servants from various ministries are also being vaccinated at the Vodafone Arena.

He also says people who have not registered for COVID-19 vaccination do not need to worry as they can get registered and vaccinated at the vaccination centre.

Doctor Fong says people just need to turn up with their photo ID.

People who have already registered just need to show their reference number and get vaccinated.





Huge turnouts recorded at the COVID-19 vaccination sites

Ministry steps up the vaccination drive
By Vijay Narayan
Tuesday 13/04/2021
Vodafone Arena COVID-19 vaccination site.

Huge turnouts are being recorded at the COVID-19 vaccination sites around the country as the Health Ministry has stepped up the vaccination drive from today.

Permanent Secretary for Health, Doctor James Fong says they are now getting people over 18 years to get vaccinated along with those in the vulnerable group.

He says their deployment plan is changing according to the requirements of the situation.

Doctor Fong says they had an original deployment plan but the situation has changed based on the expiry date of the stocks and the arrival of more vaccine stocks soon under the COVAX facility.

Doctor Fong says huge turnouts are also being recorded as they are doing schedules for large groups.

He confirms many civil servants from various ministries are also being vaccinated at the Vodafone Arena.

He also says people who have not registered for COVID-19 vaccination do not need to worry as they can get registered and vaccinated at the vaccination centre.

Doctor Fong says people just need to turn up with their photo ID.

People who have already registered just need to show their reference number and get vaccinated.




PM and his wife, Mary receive first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine

By Iva Danford
Thursday 08/04/2021
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and his wife Mary get vaccinated[Image: Fijian Government]

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and his wife, Mary have received their first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine today.

Bainimarama says these vaccines are more than a shot in the arm, they are an injection of hope.

He says being vaccinated is their duty to keep our loved ones safe and set Fiji on a path to recovery.

The Prime Minister says these vaccines are safe, effective and backed by the miracle of modern medicine.

Bainimarama says it is natural to have questions about your health, which is why the Health Ministry has set up a dedicated hotline 158 to take questions.

The Prime Minister says this is why he and Mary did not have to think twice.




4,000 Police officers to receive COVID-19 vaccine this week

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Tuesday 06/04/2021
4,000 members of the Fiji Police Force will be receiving their first jab of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine

Around 4,000 members of the Fiji Police Force will be receiving their first jab of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine this week.

This includes staff in the Western, Central and Southern Divisions.

Members of the Fiji Police Force in the Northern Division and the Maritime areas will receive their jabs next week.

More than 300 members of the Force in the Central Division including the Acting Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu, Chief Operations Officer ACP Abdul Khan and other senior officers received their first dose of the vaccine today.

The set of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines used today is part of the 100,000 doses which were produced in India and arrived in the country last month.

Another batch of the vaccine is also expected to arrive soon under the COVAX facility which is a global initiative aimed at making sure low and middle-income countries get access to the vaccines.





COVID-19 vaccines must be welcomed- Prasad

By Shanil Singh
Thursday 01/04/2021
President of the Shree Sanatan Dharm Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji, Sarju Prasad

The President of the Shree Sanatan Dharm Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji, Sarju Prasad says whatever helps cure certain ailments is not evil and the COVID-19 vaccine must be welcomed.

Speaking to fijivillage, Prasad says he has heard that some people are hesitant to take the vaccine but adds religion and science compliment each other and every medicine is prepared for the betterment of human beings.

He says people have been taking other types of vaccines in the past and this is no different.

Prasad adds they are in full support of the Ministry of Health who are trying their best to keep Fijians safe from the virus.




We need to get vaccinated as there is always a risk of breaches at the border – Dr Fong

Only 25,000 people registered for COVID vaccination
By Vijay Narayan
Thursday 01/04/2021
Permanent Secretary for Health, Doctor James Fong says the border closures are also affecting many people in the country, and we have to protect the people from COVID-19 by vaccinating them so that we can engage in the world.

Permanent Secretary for Health, Doctor James Fong says Fiji remains at risk of breaches at the border at any point in time and the danger of COVID-19 community cases is real.

Only 25,000 people have been registered for vaccination so far and Doctor Fong stresses that everyone should be encouraged to get vaccinated.

While speaking to the representatives of the faith based organisations, Doctor Fong says this is a difficult journey to navigate.

Doctor Fong says the border closures are also affecting many people in the country, and we have to protect the people from COVID-19 by vaccinating them so that we can engage in the world.

Doctor James Fong has also told the religious leaders and representatives that the COVID-19 vaccine cannot be evil and satanic.

He confirms they are currently struggling in trying to get people to register for the vaccination rollout.

Dr Fong says they have set up tents in strategic locations but they get the same hesitant remarks on the vaccine based on religion.

He has called on the religious leaders to assist in protecting the people of the country through vaccination and getting vaccinated is nothing new.




Getting vaccinated is what we all must do to defeat this pandemic once and for all – PM

By Naveel Krishant
Tuesday 30/03/2021
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama - [Photo: Fijian Government]

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says he is getting vaccinated because it is what we all must do to defeat this pandemic once and for all.

Bainimarama says these vaccines are part of the greatest achievement in modern medicine and every dose represents months of research, development and trials.

He says all that is required of us is a few minutes of our time, a few minutes to protect ourselves, to safeguard our loved ones and to set Fiji on the road to recovery.

Bainimarama says all that is required is a few minutes to reconnect families and friends separated by closed borders and a few minutes to help bring life fully back to what it was.


Fiji has received the first shipment of 100,000 AstraZeneca vaccines from India last night.

[images: Fijian Govt./Facebook]




PM encourages Fijians to get vaccinated

Another shipment of 90,000 COVID-19 vaccine headed to Fiji in the coming weeks – Bainimarama
By Naveel Krishant
Tuesday 30/03/2021
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says these vaccines are part of the greatest achievement in modern medicine.[image: Fijian Government]

The next batch of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines that arrived last night will go immediately towards protecting the remainder of frontliners and it will also kick-start the second phase of our vaccine roll-out, which will include the more vulnerable segments of the population.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama highlighted this while receiving the first shipment of 100,000 doses of the vaccine from India.

Bainimarama says these vaccines are part of the greatest achievement in modern medicine.

He is also encouraging Fijians to get vaccinated and to register to receive the vaccine.

Bainimarama says many families are counting on the return of the industries they have dedicated their careers to adding we must protect ourselves alongside the rest of the world.

He further says we have another shipment of 90,000 doses headed to Fiji in the coming weeks, and they look forward to working with their development partners on a bilateral basis to secure the many more shipments of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines.

Bainimarama also thanked India for their commitment to humanity and says he looks forward to thanking Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in-person once life starts looking a bit more normal than it does today and thinks they are overdue for another selfie.

These vaccines have been produced by the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, the Serum Institute of India.




100,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine arrives

By Vijay Narayan
Monday 29/03/2021
Health Minister Doctor Ifereimi Waqainabete. [image: file]

Good news as another 100,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine has arrived in the country.

Health Minister, Doctor Ifereimi Waqainabete confirms that Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama received the second batch from India.

Doctor Waqainabete says the 100,000 doses which were produced in India are being donated by the Indian Government.

It is being flown in by Fiji Airways.

Another batch of the vaccine is also expected to arrive soon under the COVAX facility.

Doctor Waqainabete says the COVID vaccination will accelerate now and it is good news for everyone. He encourages everyone over 18 years to register for the vaccine.




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