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Border Quarantine Will Continue For Those Fully Vaccinated: Dr Waqainabete

“Quarantine for those coming in from abroad should continue as per the World Health Organisation recommendation,” Dr Waqainabete said.
28 May 2021 14:49
Border Quarantine Will Continue For Those Fully Vaccinated: Dr Waqainabete
Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Quarantine for Fijians or former Fijians arriving in Fiji will continue even if they are fully vaccinated, says Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete.

Dr Waqainabete was responding to an oral question in Parliament by MP Ratu Suliano Matanitobua who asked whether Fijians returning to Fiji would have to go without quarantine if they were fully vaccinated.

“Quarantine for those coming in from abroad should continue as per the World Health Organisation recommendation,” Dr Waqainabete said.

“The level of immune protection is difficult to assess and therefore it is important that quarantine continues.

“The other thing is that there have been studies looking at the impact of transmission of the virus after being vaccinated, but these are ongoing studies and they should continue to be reviewed.”

Dr Waqainabete also revealed that as of Wednesday, March 26, 107, 000 Fijians have been vaccinated, 2900 have been fully vaccinated.

“All countries and regions within the WHO Western Pacific Region which we are part of enforce quarantine for at least 14 days and some instances up to 21 days,” he said.

“One thing that is sure is that vaccination is the way forward.

“For this moment, because we have not received the full number of people whom we need to vaccinate for protection, it is important that we keep the quarantine measures.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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