COVID-19 vaccination starts for 15 to 17 year olds in Fiji

COVID-19 vaccination starts for 15 to 17 year olds in Fiji

By Vijay Narayan
Monday 20/09/2021
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. [Image: Fijian Government]

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has highlighted that the Moderna vaccine is first being administered to 15 to 17-year-olds who are nearing the end of their secondary education and who need to sit for their external exams to progress onto tertiary education.

While launching the school’s vaccination program at the parliamentary complex today, Bainimarama urged all parents of children within the vaccination age group to get their children registered and vaccinated to protect them from the COVID-19 virus.

The Prime Minister says after completing all of the necessary clinical trials for safety and efficacy for children, hundreds of thousands of young people around the world have already received the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

Bainimarama says the first roll-out of the Moderna vaccine commenced with the vaccination of four students - Mohammed Taireem of Bhawani Dayal Arya College, Litia Golea Volavola of Gospel High School, Saula Muriwaqa of Queen Victoria School and Kristal Tasha Calo-oy of Yat Sen Secondary School.

He thanked these patriotic young people and their parents for their commitment to protecting themselves and others.

Bainimarama also says they have teams of doctors, medical researchers and health care professionals that can answer any questions you may have. He says they are using a vaccine that has been used in many parts of the world, providing necessary protection against this terrible virus.

The Prime Minister says as parents and guardians, you will be asked to register your consent for your children to receive this vaccine.

They encourage you to do so online through the Vaccine Registry portal that is posted on the Fijian Government and Ministry of Health Facebook pages. It requires the Birth Registration Number, Citizenship Certificate Number or Permit Number from both the parent or guardian and the child, entered alongside correlating dates of birth.

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