A COVID-19 special: ‘Get vaccinated’

Saula Tikalau Muriwaqa, a year 12 student of Queen Victoria School, receives his first dose from staff nurse Mereseini Baba at the Gospel High School hall after the launch of the students vaccination drive this week. Picture: ATU RASEA

Queen Victoria School Year 12 student, Saula Muriwaqa is urging fellow teens to get vaccinated.

Muriwaqa who was among students that got vaccinated at the Gospel High School this week said the vaccination meant protection and a step in getting back to normal. For Muriwaqa getting vaccinated means protecting his health first as the country prepares to normalise things.

This he said, “means going back to studying in classrooms and perhaps playing sports when it is safe to do so.”.

He advised parents and fellow teens to rely on reliable sources of information and be brave. “Many times, we are misguided by wrong information that spreads across us and creates fear in us, but not being guided right means losing an opportunity to protect one’s self and loved ones and a chance of becoming a victim of the deadly COVID-19, and we do not know what they might cost us.

“So get vaccinated,” he said. Meanwhile, Health Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete has reassured parents and guardians that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe for children aged 15 to 17.

Dr Waqainabete said all necessary clinical trials for safety and efficacy of the vaccines had been completed and approved by reputable medicine licencing authorities in the world.

He said vaccine trials for children were ongoing and the WHO would update its recommendations when evidence or epidemiological situations justified a change in policy.

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