Ministry health

The Fiji Times » Ministry rolls out second dose for children

Vaccination of children between the ages of five and 11 began yesterday, with the exception of the Western Division, which begins next Monday, the Department of Health Permanent Secretary Dr James Fong said.

He said the ministry began rolling out the second dose for children last Wednesday and would provide opportunities for schools that had missed their first initial doses.

Dr Fong urged parents living in Lautoka to ensure their children’s vaccination consent cards were signed and sent to their school.

He said anyone over the age of 18 who had taken their first booster dose could receive their second booster dose after an interval of four months.

“People over 18 who completed their primary series three months ago can receive their first booster dose,” Dr. Fong said.

“Immunocompromised people and people over 60 who had received the third booster dose can receive the fourth dose after a period of four months.”

Dr Fong said healthcare workers, port staff, tourism and others who wanted a second booster dose could receive it after a four-month gap from their first booster dose.

He said that on Monday August 22, 163,415 Fijians had received their first booster dose, representing 52.3% of the target population, and 24,673 people had so far received their second booster dose.