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27 November 2021


Youth vaccination rollout moves to Pa Enua

Wednesday 13 October 2021 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Health, National, Outer Islands


Youth vaccination rollout moves to Pa Enua
Secretary of Health Bob Williams has given dates for the rollout of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations to the Pa Enua. KATRINA LINTONBON/21012914

With the majority of 12–15-year-olds on Rarotonga having now received their first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination, the roll-out will now move to the Pa Enua.

“While the 86 per cent of 12 to 15-year-olds did not match the adult vaccination rate, we are hoping the Pa Enua youth vaccination rate matches the close to 100 per cent turn out for adults,” Secretary of Health Bob Williams said.

The Te Marae Ora team recently held an information session for students and their parents/caregivers and the vaccine roll-out will commence in Aitutaki on Friday, concluding on Saturday October 16.

There are approximately 165 youths in the 12-15 age group on Aitutaki.

The vaccination team is also expecting at least ten adults who either missed their second dose in the previous roll-out, or have decided to be vaccinated.

After Aitutaki, the Te Marae Ora vaccination roll-out (first dose) will move to Atiu (18-19 October); Mitiaro (23-24 October); Mauke (28-29 October) and Mangaia (1-2 November).

“I want to thank those 12 to 15-year-olds on Rarotonga who did get their first vaccination.

“You are now only one dose away from providing valuable protection against this virus for yourself, your family, your friends and the community, meitaki maata” said Williams.