COVID vaccines for children aged 5 years old and up secured as NZ offers 50,000 Pfizer paediatric doses

COVID vaccines for children aged 5 years old and up secured as NZ offers 50,000 Pfizer paediatric doses

By Vijay Narayan , Rashika Kumar
Thursday 31/03/2022

The much awaited COVID-19 vaccine doses for children aged 5 years old and up have been secured by Fiji as New Zealand has offered 50,000 Pfizer paediatric doses.

Many parents were eagerly awaiting the vaccine doses for children.

Permanent Secretary for Health, Doctor James Fong has confirmed that they have accepted an offer of 50,000 doses of Pfizer paediatric doses by the New Zealand Government as part of discussions with their Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nanaia Mahuta.

He says their team led by Chief Medical Advisor, Doctor Jemesa Tudravu is currently discussing with their counterparts in New Zealand on further details.

Details on when vaccination will commence will be released later.

Dr. Fong further says the Ministry is continuing their effort to source more COVID-19 vaccines for children through their other development partners.

He also confirms 94% of adults and 88% of all persons over 12 years of age have had 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Dr Fong says as of yesterday, a total of 117,059 individuals have so far received booster doses.

The Health Ministry has also recorded 10 new COVID cases since Monday – 8 were recorded in the Central Division and 2 in the Western Division.

There are 52 active COVID-19 cases in the country based on the test results received by the Ministry of Health.

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