Health Minister urges villagers to disregard rumours and get vaccinated

A Ministry of Health official with the booster jab at the Ashabhai & Co premises in Vatuwaqa, Suva on Wednesday, January 05, 2022. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU/FILE

Fijian Health Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqanibete this week called on villagers in Tailevu to stop the spread of misinformation on COVID-19.

Speaking at Naimalavau Village, Nakelo, he urged people not to circulate rumours about COVID-19 vaccines being dangerous and life-threatening.

This was after members of Naimalavau Village asked the Minister about the rumours circulating in the community about the negative effects of the COVID-19 vaccines and booster shot.

One woman said she was scared to take her booster shot because she was informed it was not safe.

The Minister advised her to disregard those rumours and to take her booster shot at the nearest vaccination site.

He said members of the public who had yet to get vaccinated should get their booster shot and not be swayed by rumours, whether by mouth or on the internet.

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