Chief and villagers receive first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Nacula district high chief Ratu Manasa Naikasowalu was among the first villager in the Yasawa Group to receive the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The district of seven villages was introduced to the vaccination program this week following a three-day awareness program by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

Nacula district spokeswoman Lavenia Naivalu said the campaign began with the first dose going to the Tui Drola and Methodist Church pastor Reverend Vinaya Bulibulituraga.

“I believe that after the awareness carried out to our seven villages and one settlement, many people were willing to take the vaccine,” she said.

“Initially there was some hesitation because of all the misinformation that was circulating on social media, but we are grateful that after the awareness people were coming forward to get their first dose.

“We were very grateful that Na Momo na Tui Drola was the first to get his vaccine, and we are truly grateful to him for leading the way.”

She said the campaign would also not have been made possible without the support of their corporate partners.

“The reason that we have been able to visit our seven villages and create awareness for our people.”

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