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Ministry Determined In Probe Of Fully Vaccinated Deaths

However, Dr Fong said there were people who were still vulnerable to severe disease even if they were fully vaccinated.
12 Jan 2022 13:21
Ministry Determined In Probe Of Fully Vaccinated Deaths
Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services, Dr James Fong.

Discovering the extent of the pre-existing conditions of the fully vaccinated people who died of COVID-19 is a major issue for the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

Thus, the ministry is working to fully determine how far along their pre-existing conditions were.

Since the confirmation of the Omicron variant in the community on January 3, seven deaths recorded were of fully vaccinated individuals with pre-existing medical conditions.

Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services Dr James Fong stated that the ministry had not determined the COVID-19 variant that they were infected with at the time of their deaths.

However, Dr Fong said there were people who were still vulnerable to severe disease even if they were fully vaccinated.

“We need to ensure these vulnerable adults receive their booster doses. Until we achieve wider booster coverage, our focus now must be to suppress transmission through basic measures like masking and physical distancing in order to protect these vulnerable Fijians, which include persons over 50 years and those with underlying health conditions, like diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease and asthma, and those who are obese or are pregnant,” he said.

He added that immunity that has been built through vaccination, together with the numbers of people who have gained some immunity due to prior infection, means that the vast majority of people infected by Omicron would have a manageable illness and could recover from home.

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