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Moderna Vaccines Arrive Into Fiji

The vaccine will be prioritized for pregnant women to provide quicker protection against the risk of severe illness, hospitalisation, and other consequences of COVID-19.
18 Jul 2021 14:20
Moderna Vaccines Arrive Into Fiji

Fiji received 150,080 doses of the Moderna vaccine on 16 July 2021.

Thanks to equitable global access to safe and effective vaccines are essential to ending the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine arrived in the country with the support of the United States of America under the COVAX Facility vaccine dose sharing mechanism, which is a worldwide initiative aimed at equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines directed by GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, CEPI, WHO and UNICEF.

The life-saving doses of the Moderna vaccine arrived in Fiji through the COVAX Facility. The shipment is part of the 80 million doses of vaccine that President Biden committed from the U.S. vaccine supply to support global needs.

Speaking at a ceremony marking the arrival, Chargé d’Affaires (CDA) Tony Greubel said, “Thanks to the ingenuity of American scientists and the resilience and commitment of the American people, we’re in a position to help others.”

The Minister for Health and Medical Services, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete, conveyed his sincere appreciation to the US Government for providing continuous support to Fiji to fight against COVID-19.

The Moderna vaccines are a timely boost to Fiji’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign.

The vaccine will be prioritized for pregnant women to provide quicker protection against the risk of severe illness, hospitalisation, and other consequences of COVID-19.

While the AstraZeneca vaccine also protects pregnant mothers from severe illness, hospitalisation, and other consequences of COVID-19, the Moderna vaccine will allow earlier immunity protection for women, as the second dose is administered after 28 days. The Ministry of Health strongly encourages pregnant women to get vaccinated with AstraZeneca or Moderna vaccine, soon to receive full protection. As such, the Ministry of Health strongly recommends against delaying the completion of vaccination for any reason.

Individuals above 60 years of age especially those with severe comorbidities such as chronic lung disease, significant cardiac disease, severe obesity, diabetes, liver disease and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection are also among those prioritized to receive the Moderna vaccine within the Suva to Nausori corridor.

An individual requires two doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for complete protection, with the second dose to be administered 28 days after the first. The Ministry of Health recommends people receive the same type of COVID-19 vaccine for both first and second doses without mixing them. This means a person who received the Moderna vaccine as the first dose should get the same Moderna for the second dose, and the same applies to the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Like the AstraZeneca vaccines, two doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine can protect individuals from severe illness, hospitalisation, and death from COVID-19.

Feedback: rosi.doviverata@fijisun.com.fj



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