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Register Now For COVID-19 Vaccines: Dr Fong

Dr Fong said registering now would make work easier for the Ministry of Health and Medical Services while vaccines would continue to arrive in batches into the country.
08 Mar 2021 10:33
Register Now For COVID-19 Vaccines: Dr Fong
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, Health Minister Ifereimi Waqainabete and international representatives at the Nadi International Airport with the newly-arrived AstraZeneca vaccine. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Fijians can now register for the COVID-19 vaccines using the digitalFIJI online platform, says Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Health and Medical Services Dr James Fong.

Dr Fong said registering now would make work easier for the Ministry of Health and Medical Services while vaccines would continue to arrive in batches into the country.

He said as a country with no community transmission, frontline workers would be the priority after which those prone to illnesses and diseases would follow suit.

“Registering for the vaccine is available in the digitalFIJI platform as we speak,” Dr Fong said.

“I have registered myself and anyone and everyone can register themselves on the digitalFIJI platform,” he said.

“It will be good for people to start registering now and once your names are there it will be easier for us.

“It’s not like you register and get the vaccines straight away but the registration process will make it easier for us when the other batches arrive.”

He said the most common issue found when registering the first 6000 frontline workers that would get the shot in the first batch was accessing their birth registration numbers.

“We have a process of accessing the birth registration number, but it could be hard for those without a copy of their birth certificate.

“We are trying to pilot the digitalFIJI registration through the first 6000 that will get their shots in this first batch while we find out an easier way of getting the birth registration number.

“Some people have their birth certificate with them but those that don’t have it will find it difficult to register.”

He said that after the 6000 frontline workers have been fully registered, the Ministry would be registering people online and they would also go out to various communities to do face to face registration for those in these communities.

He also revealed that more than 100 health personnel have been trained for the administering of the vaccines from over two months ago.

Edited by Selita Rabuku

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