Interim shortage of measles vaccine

Members of the public flock in at Valelevu Health Centre yesterday to get immunised. Picture: LUKE RAWALAI

THERE is an interim shortage of measles vaccine in the country.

This was confirmed by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services which said the vaccine was in limited supply.

“As mentioned in the past, the measles vaccine is in limited supply and therefore the Ministry of Health and Medical Services would like to inform the public that there is an interim shortage of the measles vaccine,” said the ministry.

The Health Ministry said for this reason, the remaining measles vaccine stock would be prioritised to those who were at the greatest risk of catching and spreading measles.

While responding to President Jioji Konrote’s speech in Parliament yesterday, Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete revealed that the ministry would be receiving 200,000 measles vaccine from Copenhagen, Denmark.

He said UNICEF had assured the consignment would arrive this weekend or early next week.

The vaccines will not be available for the public until additional stocks arrive in the coming days.

He said Fiji had a very robust effective immunisation program and the disease came from one of the affected countries in the region.

Mr Waqainabete said since the measles outbreak, 90,000 people had been vaccinated. Fiji has nine confirmed measles cases.

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