The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is safe for the more than 125,000 children in the 5 to 11 years age group in Fiji who are currently not protected.
This has been highlighted by the Minister for Health, Doctor Ifereimi Waqainabete who says the vaccine are safe for use as it has undergone several clinical trials proving its safety and efficacy.
Meanwhile, the Health Ministry has completed all the operational readiness requirements for receiving the Paediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children between the ages of 5 to 11 years.
Waqainabete says through the Duavata Partnership, New Zealand is donating 50,000 doses of Pfizer Paediatric doses and 50,000 Rapid Antigen Test kits which will further boost Fiji’s COVID testing capacity.
He says the COVID-19 Paedtric Pfizer Vaccine Training is part of the operational readiness they are putting in place with the assistance of the New Zealand Ministry of Health.
Dr Waqainabete says the training also provides the nurses the key skills and knowledge needed to safely handle, store, transport and administer the vaccine across the four divisions in Fiji.
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