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Second phase of vaccinations begins today in Fiji
01:04 am GMT+12, 06/04/2021, Fiji

Approximately 50,000 people are eligible to receive the two-dose vaccines for the next phase of COVID-19 vaccinations which begins today 06 April, 2021.
 
According to the Ministry of Health and Medical Services this group includes the rest of the frontline staff at the borders, all healthcare workers (including those in private healthcare), police and military officers, tourism and hotel workers, and civil servants.
 
“Also eligible to receive the vaccine will be those over the age of 60 and people with medical conditions that increase the risk of severe disease if they do get infected with COVID-19.
 
“You will fall into this category if you are currently attending a Special Outpatients Department (SOPD) clinic with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, or similar with a private healthcare provider. This includes people with diabetes, asthma, and heart conditions.”

Meanwhile, 72 Fijian peacekeepers who had been deployed to the Golan Heights for a year and a half will arrive in the country today.

Commander of Republic of Fiji Military Forces, Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto said these soldiers will have to undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine period.

He said that later on, they will receive the COVID-19 vaccinations as per the procedure and protocols of the vaccination roll out by the Ministry of Health.

“Because of COVID, the UN had requested that we extend our troops’ deployment so that they can put the protocols in place, as it was a new thing and it was good for us also. We are thankful for these troops who had to stay on longer than when they were initially deployed. And to their families who are back here in Fiji anxiously waiting for them. We are thankful that finally, that rotation has happened.”

The RFMF Commander said another 60 Fijian peacekeepers will be deployed on 24 April month to relieve the remaining 56 soldiers who are still serving at the Golan Heights.

The RFMF has confirmed deployments will continue with all personnel receiving the necessary vaccine pre-departure and upon arrival at their mission stations.

SOURCE: FIJI TIMES/FBC NEWS/PACNEWS


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