Covid-19 vaccination

New Zealand officials urged to move faster on vaccinating children aged 5-11

Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said yesterday he expected advice from Medsafe in a couple of weeks and the rollout should start in late January.

But some are urging officials to move faster as a number of schools shut down for days because of infected students or staff.

Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said while there were no plans at this stage to bring the timeframe forward, it was still under advice.

60 percent of eligible people in Tonga fully vaccinated for Covid

The Ministry of Health confirmed Monday that 73,295 (95 percent) have received their first doses of either the AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine as at 29 November.

The vaccines are for the eligible population aged 12 and above.

Numbers for fully inoculated people will continue to increase with the roll out of second doses of the Pfizer vaccine currently underway for 12 – 17 year olds in schools.

Vaccinations now made compulsory in Tonga

The announcement has come in the final hours of Tonga's seven day lockdown following it's first covid scare.

The Vaccination Act Amendment 2021 has been signed by King Tupou the Sixth making it compulsory by law to get vaccinated.

Tonga's Ministry of Health said it would only exercise this new power if there's the risk of an infectious disease spreading out of control.

Tongatapu has just finished a seven day lockdown after a passenger arriving from Christchurch tested positive becoming the Kingdom's first covid case.

Tonga urges parents to get teenagers jabbed

According to Matangi Tonga, the ministry is in a race against time to inoculate 13,738 teenagers with the Pfizer vaccine before the doses it has in stock expire in 28 days time.

At least 1,097 people aged 12-17 years old have received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine since it arrived last week.

The vaccine roll-out continues to secondary and middle schools on Tongatapu this week.

Meanwhile, a vaccination team will travel to 'Eua on Wednesday to start vaccination at schools there, before going to other islands groups next week.

Kyrie Irving won't play until he's vaccinated

Irving, has been staunch against getting vaccinated, despite a New York City order requiring the shot if he is to play or practice with the team at home this season.

"Given the evolving nature of the situation and after thorough deliberation, we have decided Kyrie Irving will not play or practice with the team until he is eligible to be a full participant," Marks said.

YouTube to remove all anti-vaccine misinformation

Videos that say approved vaccines are dangerous and cause autism, cancer or infertility are among those that will be taken down, the company said.

The policy includes the termination of accounts of anti-vaccine influencers.

Tech giants have been criticised for not doing more to counter false health information on their sites.

In July, US President Joe Biden said social media platforms were largely responsible for people's scepticism in getting vaccinated by spreading misinformation, and appealed for them to address the issue.

Over 11,000 children in Fiji receive first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

The Ministry of Health organised the vaccination drive for students between the ages of 15 to 17.

The roll out for students began on Monday.

Permanent Secretary, Doctor James Fong said they are overwhelmed with the turnout as they continue to track vaccine coverage rate.

The second jab will be administered at an interval of 28 days.


Tonga to roll out COVID-19 vaccines in the Niuas

The Minister of Health Minister Dr ‘Amelia Tu’ipulotu confirmed the roll out date yesterday.

The ministry said 836 people are targeted to be vaccinated on the remote northern islands of Niuafo’ou and Niuatoputapu.

Throughout Tonga, vaccinations are  ongoing for people 18-years-old and above.

According to the ministry, 1,233 people who received their first dose are yet to come forward to get their second jab.

The age group 18 – 29 years has the lowest rate of vaccination so far.

Crunch time for no jab no job policy fast approaching in Solomon Islands

on half-pay from the 31st of October.

This was announced by the Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare this week and will apply to any employee of the national or provincial governments as well as state owned enterprises.

Mr Sogavare said if by 1 January 2022 they still have not taken up the vaccine their employment will be terminated.

It is the strongest messaging yet to come from the government with so far only 6.4 percent of the eligible population full vaccinated against the virus.

Villagers in remote Fiji plead for food, refuse Covid-19 vaccine

Two districts in the Yasawas, west of the country, have sought help for households in isolation that have no access to basic food supply.

Tourist hotspots Naviti and Nacula are both experiencing an increase in Covid-19 cases, are seeking assistance for households in isolation that have no access to basic food supply.

The Government confirmed a total of 121 new cases and nine deaths in the last 24 hours.

This takes the total of cases to 12,948, with the death toll at 575.