Fiji trains 200 health staffs prior to Pfizer vaccine rollout

Fiji’s Ministry of Health has conducted training for 200 health staff so that they can rollout Pfizer vaccines for children between the ages 12 and 15.

The Ministry hopes to start the vaccination campaign from 15th November to support the safe reopening of schools.

MOH’s Permanent Secretary, Doctor James Fong said  Covid-19 poses a lower risk to children however secondary transmission from young school-aged children can and does occur.

Dr Fong added with the successful rollout of the Moderna vaccine for 15 to 17 years old, the Ministry is now focusing on the lower age group.

“We are now moving down to the 12 to 14-year-old with Pfizer. They have started a training programme on the deployment of Pfizer that started yesterday and we are getting 200 or more vaccinators engaged in completing a virtual course that will get them up to speed with using Pfizer.”

The Health Ministry and the Education Ministry are also discussing the training of senior education officials on creating awareness around Covid-safe schools.