PM urges Fijians to get booster shots

June 19, 2022 5:00 pm

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The Ministry of Health is aiming to administer the COVID-19 booster shots to 95 percent of the eligible population in Fiji.

Currently 95 percent of the eligible population above the age of 18 are double jabbed.

Speaking during Radio Fiji One’s Na Noda Paraiminisita programme, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says this needs to be done to protect every Fijian from the killer virus.

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“Right now, those that still haven’t gotten their two jabs are the ones that are spreading the virus. Right now, the government is working to ensure that people get their booster shots. The Ministry is also getting health officials who have already had their booster to help out.”

Bainimarama says there is still a lot that needs to be done to help further reduce the spread of the virus.

“We should not get carried away by the freedom we have right now when compared to other countries that are currently on lockdown. Expect more viruses and sickness if you still don’t take your booster dose. The Health Ministry is advising all eligible Fijians to take their booster dose after three months of taking their two doses.”

The government has prepared 250, 000 Pfizer vaccines to cater for those that have taken their first and second doses.

“This means that the Ministry needs to administer 32,000 doses every week for eight weeks from June 1st to July 31st. These are for all eligible Fijians, elderly, youths and frontliners.”

Bainimarama says this is part of the Health Ministry’s efforts to raise awareness to help eradicate the COVID-19 virus.