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Fiji would need close to 1.3 million doses to cover the 650,000 Fijians across the country, says Fiji’s Vaccine Taskforce head Doctor Rachael Devi.
Responding to queries from church leaders, Dr Devi said the doses would cover two jabs required for a successful vaccination.
“In the initial 12,000 vaccines received we could only vaccinate 6000 people as the same supply catered for the second jab,” she said.
“The recent 100,000 vaccines received from India can cater for 50,000 Fijians and while carrying out this vaccination we are maximising our effort to zero wastage,” she said.
Dr Devi was responding to Pacific Council of Churches general secretary Reverend James Bhagwan who asked whether casual workers were covered and given time to recover from the side effects of the COVID vaccine which normally took 48 hours.
Rev Bhagwan said his concern related to majority of their members who were casual workers and who worked under demanding work environments.
Dr Devi said she would have to raise the concerns with the taskforce.
She said that the AstraZeneca vaccine was working well while studies were still being carried on its South African variant.
“It (South African variant) has not been working too well, once we have the data we will let people know about it,” she said.
SOURCE: FIJI TIMES/PACNEWS
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