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Vaccine Registration For Children Ages 16-17 Likely Begins In Two Weeks

Dr Maisema said the Ministry of Health and Medical Services was working on vaccinating students of the ages of 16 and 17, these were those who were in School Years 12 and 13.
12 Sep 2021 12:17
Vaccine Registration For Children Ages 16-17 Likely Begins In Two Weeks

Processes to register students aged 16 and 17 to be vaccinated will most likely begin in two weeks’ time.

This was the affirmation made by the COVID-19 Incident Management Team (IMT) general manager Dr Anaseini Maisema while speaking at the launch of the Framework for the Resumption of Sport and Recreation Activities in Fiji on Thursday.

Dr Maisema said the Ministry of Health and Medical Services was working on vaccinating students of the ages of 16 and 17, these were those who were in School Years 12 and 13.

“We want them to sit for their exams first,” she said.

“The Ministry of Education has a wonderful system, but as you know when we had to register people, we needed to have an ID, they do have a database, but they do not have a photo in their database and to register students we will have to go through that database.

“That process will begin in two weeks’ time.”

She added that the ministry would ensure that all students from ages 10 to 17 are registered by early of next year.

Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services Dr James Fong said the ministry was in an advanced stage of planning to begin the vaccination of children under 18 years.

“We will begin with children between 16 and 18 years,” Dr Fong said.

“This will involve a stringent process to ensure parental or guardian consent is secured and online registration is encouraged prior to vaccination.

“The required number of vials of vaccine has been put aside to ensure this target population between 16 and 18 can receive both doses of the vaccine,” Dr Fong said.

“More stocks are expected to continue the vaccination of eligible children less than 18 years. Any decision on the opening of schools will be contingent on how well this vaccination phase rolls out.”

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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