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138,808 Individuals Received Booster Doses As Of June 20

Booster doses further augment the immune response, and increases protection especially in older and more vulnerable population. As of June 20 138,808 individuals have received COVID-19 booster doses. Ministry of
23 Jun 2022 16:27
138,808 Individuals Received Booster Doses As Of June 20
Ministry of Health and Medical Services Permanent Secretary Dr James Fong. Photo: Leon Lord

Booster doses further augment the immune response, and increases protection especially in older and more vulnerable population.

As of June 20 138,808 individuals have received COVID-19 booster doses.

Ministry of Health and Medical Services Permanent Secretary Dr James Fong said this represented 44 per cent of those eligible for a booster dose.

The cut off period for the administration of booster countrywide will take place when they have vaccinated all those eligible population who need to be vaccinated.

“Booster doses are not compulsory yet, however, the ministry is encouraging eligible Fijians who have completed three or more months after their second dose to take their booster,” Dr Fong said.

This is based on studies showing that the immunity protection from the two doses of COVID-19 vaccine wanes to about 70 per cent after three months, and 50 per cent after six months after the second dose.

“And people need continued protection against the COVID-19 and its variants while the infection is still with us,” he said.

Booster doses provides extended (long lasting) immunity protection after the initial immunity from the primary vaccination doses begin to decrease.”

Dr Fong said Fiji does not have a mandate on compulsory booster doses prior to travel,

“For outbound travellers, their destination country will determine this requirement,” he said.

“We encourage all eligible Fijians to take advantage of the availability of free COVID-19 vaccines and booster doses because we need continued protection to keep the hospitalisation and death numbers down while we continue to keep Fiji open and enjoy the freedom from COVID restrictions.”

Benefits

Older people, people with immune compromised diseases such as heart disease, kidney disease, asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer are further urged to take the booster because:

  1. Booster doses further augment the immune response, and increases protection especially in older and more vulnerable population.
  2. The boosted immunity further reduces the severity of disease for those above 40 years, and the risk of deaths for individuals above 60 years.

Advise

Apart from getting vaccinated with primary doses and booster, Dr Fong said individuals must continue with all COVID safe measures.

“Mask up, practise physical distancing, wash hands with soap frequently, always cover your cough or sneeze,” he said.

“If you have symptoms and feel that you are sick, please stay away from other people and always wear a mask while practising good hand and respiratory hygiene.”

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