Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama hopes the number of COVID-19 related deaths in the country will motivate those hesitant to get vaccinated to come forward now and get their jabs.
While speaking at an event where the Fijian Government officially received the 150,080 Moderna vaccines from the US Government, Bainimarama says those not wanting to get vaccinated and those not following the COVID protocols, will get us into a lot of trouble.
Health Minister, Doctor Ifereimi Waqainabete says there is no death in Fiji of a person who has been fully vaccinated.
He also says we need to get vaccinated to avoid the emergence of a new variant.
Permanent Secretary for Health, Doctor James Fong says we have an outbreak of severe disease and death in the country among unvaccinated Fijians.
Of the 144 lives we have lost to COVID in this outbreak, none were fully vaccinated. 22 were partially vaccinated, having received only one dose, and the rest had no vaccination.
He says there is no stronger evidence pointing to why we must vaccinate all adults, in particular those who are at the greatest risk as quickly as humanly possible.
The Permanent Secretary says it is the best available protection against the worst effects of the virus.
He is asking anyone who is yet to be vaccinated, please do so immediately.
To the younger ones, Doctor Fong says get vaccinated yourselves and please help by bringing your parents, grandparents, and older community members to the nearest vaccination centre or drive-through and give them the best possible protection against this virus.
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