Fiji is on a promising recovery path


COVID-19 cannot be removed completely from society.

Local and international health experts say discipline is needed to ensure people’s safety.

Fiji Medical Association President, Dr Basharat Munshi said the Covid-19 is here to stay and vaccination will guarantee high levels of immunity.

“This disease will be downgraded to like a common cold or flu. It will no longer be as deadly as it is now. This is something that we will live with just like common cold or flu.”

Permanent Secretary for Health, Dr James Fong has confidence in Fiji’s current COVID safe measures.

He said these strict measures have successfully controlled COVID transmission during this second wave.

“Because it moves slower, we have the ability to contain it faster. That means we won’t have over-burdened health systems trying to struggle with a huge load of people at one point in time.”

Fiji is on a promising recovery path that reflects the World Health Organisation’s guidelines of a high level of herd immunity be accompanied by lower transmission, hospital admissions and death rates.

Meanwhile, the Pfizer vaccine will be administered to children aged between 12 and 14 years from 18 October.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said although the vaccination is not compulsory, students are encouraged to get vaccinated to help the number of people contracting Covid-19 to be low.

The Prime Minister of Fiji has reiterated again on the importance of vaccination.

The vaccine is being brought in from New Zealand.

25,457 children in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine as of 09 October.