First batch of vaccines designated for frontline workers

Front line workers at the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccines at the Nadi International airport last night. Picture: SUPPLIED/FIJI GOVT

First batch of vaccines is designated for doctors, nurses, health inspectors, quarantine facility staff, aviation and maritime staff, and members of our disciplined forces who have defended our border through this pandemic.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama highlighted this in his statement at the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccines at the Nadi International airport last night.

“These Fijians serve on the frontlines of our COVID Containment Strategy,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“They are first priority for the obvious reason that they face the highest risk of exposure to the virus,” he said.

“These first jabs most certainly belong in the arms of the frontline workers who put their health and wellbeing on the line to keep the rest of us safe.

“But I do plan to register myself on the portal to arrange for my own vaccination as soon as I become eligible. I urge every Fijian to do the same. It is important that we all register so that we can roll out the vaccines on the timeline that makes them most effective.”

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