COVID-19 Fiji: More than 68,000 booster shots administered

Staff nurse Joana Tuila gives a booster shot to one of the recipients Shashi Karan Mishra at Nadawa. Picture: RAMA/FT FILE

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services has administered 68,099 COVID-19 booster doses of the Moderna vaccine as of January 24.

Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong said a total of 142,240 persons are considered eligible to receive the booster shot.

He said that represented a 48 per cent coverage rate for booster-eligible persons.

“We are also expecting to receive more Pfizer vaccines soon which will be used for booster doses and as a vaccine for children,” Dr Fong said.

“The booster vaccine and vaccination for children are not considered mandatory, however, we encourage all eligible individuals to be vaccinated or get a booster dose, and help navigate Fiji into a safer COVID zone that supports the socio-economic revival and safer reopening of schools.”

He said vaccination of children under 12 years remained part of ongoing discussions because “sourcing them remains difficult”.

The booster dose program began at the end of November last year.

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