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Fighting COVID-19, 12 To 14-Year-Olds Get Jabbed

Dr Fong assures safety of Pfizer vaccine while Education Minister encourages parents to talk to children about its benefits
16 Nov 2021 12:45
Fighting COVID-19, 12 To 14-Year-Olds Get Jabbed
Proud to be Vaccinated …(from left) Minister for Health Ifereimi Waqainabete, John Raliga 13, (Gospel Primary School) , Malisha Prasad 14, ( Mahatma Gandhi Memorial ), Janet Snow, 13 (Dudley Intermediate School), Aralai Nabutu 12, ( Samabula Primary School), Isei Sageti 14, (Suva Grammar School) , Lekima Waqainabete 14 (Marist Brothers High School) and Minister for Education Premila Kumar during the Roll out of the Pfizer vaccine for 12 – 14 year olds at Gospel Primary School in Suva, on November 15, 2021. Photo: Leon Lord

Further relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions will depend on our vaccination coverage, says While addressing 12 to 14-year-old children at the launch of the Pfizer vaccination drive at Gospel Primary School, he assured parents of the safety of the vaccine and stated that Fiji was now at 89.6 per cent full vaccination rate.

He told students that by being vaccinated they were also protecting their younger siblings.

Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services Dr James Fong said Pfizer is the most researched vaccine on the market and the safest.

Encouraging students to get vaccinated, Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Premila Kumar also urged parents to talk their children through the benefits of the vaccine.

She said 68.3 per cent of 17 to 18-year-old students had received their first dose while 50 per cent were fully vaccinated.

Ms Kumar said vaccination is our best defense as there is no guarantee on how long COVID-19 would last.

Parent Varanisese Nainoka who accompanied her 13-year-old daughter, Jeanette Snow, of Dudley Intermediate School, to get vaccinated, said it was her daughter’s choice to get the jab.

Ms Nainoka said in the event of a third COVID-19 wave, she would be at ease knowing all members of her family were vaccinated.

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