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Men-C Vaccine To Arrive Today, Vaccination Starts On May 14

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Men-C Vaccine To Arrive Today, Vaccination Starts On May 14

It will continue until all the individuals within the targeted age group across Fiji have received their vaccination.

The first batch of Meningococcal C Vaccine arrives in the country today and vaccinations start from May 14.

This was confirmed by the Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar during the Meningococcal Disease press conference at their headquarters in Suva yesterday.

The initial rollout will be in the Central Di­vision and Ra Subdivision in the West.

It will continue until all the individuals within the targeted age group across Fiji have received their vaccination.

Children attending schools will be vacci­nated at their primary or secondary schools and kindergartens.

Those children, who might miss the vacci­nation at schools, are required to go to their nearest health facility which will have a dedicated team to provide the vaccination.

Ms Akbar said since the outbreak decla­ration on March 20, 2018, a taskforce had worked tirelessly to secure the procurement of the five Men-C Vaccine.

“Within a month through its prompt re­sponse, the ministry was able to secure confirmation from the International Co-or­dinating Group (ICG) for Vaccine Provision for Epidemic Meningitis Control that we would have access to the vaccines required to vaccinate everyone from the ages of one to 19 years.

“Upon confirmation received on April 20 this year, we are expecting the first batch of vaccines to arrive on May 4,” Ms Akbar said.

“This has been an intensive process, com­plicated by the fact that access to this stock­pile is usually prioritised for outbreaks of meningococcal disease in the African Men­ingitis Belt, and for low income countries (based on Gross National Income per Cap­ita- GNI) – which Fiji is not.”

Ms Akbar said the Government made the promise to vaccinate everyone from the age of 1 to 19 years.

“There have been no delays since the rollout of the immunisation campaign is planned to begin on May 14,” she said.

“We are encouraging every parent, guard­ian and members of the community at large to make good use of this opportunity.

“While for individuals at tertiary level, working or staying home and are within the targeted age group can get vaccinated at their nearest health facility.

“The ministry will continue to provide more information on the vaccination roll­out through the media advertisements and awareness programmes,” Ms Akbar said.

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