Covid-19 vaccine roll out

Vanuatu’s Malampa Province launches Covid-19 vaccine campaign.

The campaign will target over 23,000 people. 

Healthcare workers and other frontline workers have been identified as the priority group for vaccination.

The other group includes people aged 55 and above and people with existing medical conditions aged 35 years and over.

Govt pleads with Fijians to register to get vaccinated

The vaccine rollout started on Wednesday following the arrival of 12,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine last weekend.

Since the vaccine requires two doses, 6,000 front-line workers will get the first jabs.

But the government said this could not happen until people registered to get vaccinated.

With the absence of a national identification mechanism and a digital immunisation registry in Fiji, the government said the need to have a credible registration process and an internationally acceptable vaccine passport are paramount.

NZ govt to discuss vaccine rollout in Pacific

Medical authorities in New Zealand have already approved the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine for use to immunise people 16 years and older.

"We'll be really looking to have conversations with our counterparts in the Pacific around what might be possible with some of those trickier vaccines so that we can see similar levels of protection provided in the Pacific at the same time as we might be seeing that in New Zealand," said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Ardern said her government was also in discussions about how vaccine distribution will work in the Pacific.