The vaccination rollout of the Pfizer vaccine for children 12 to 15 years olds, will start in October as originally announced by Premier Tagelagi in August and as agreed to by Niue and New Zealand.
New Zealand’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Nanaia Mahuta and Minister for Pacific Peoples Hon. Aupito William Sio announced the donation of vaccines to Niue and the Pacific nations. In a press release today, the ministers announced New Zealand’s commitment to providing the Pfizer vaccines for the children of the realm countries Niue, Cook Islands, and Tokelau
New Zealand’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Nanaia Mahuta said that these vaccines are part of NZ’s ongoing commitment to supporting the global effort to combat Covid 19.
“These vaccines are part of our ongoing commitment to supporting the global effort to combat COVID-19. We know that we all need to play our part – these vaccines will provide a line of defence to countries who most need it” says Minister Mahuta.
Minister for Pacific Peoples Hon. Aupito William Sio reaffirms New Zealand’s commitment to supporting the vaccination of NZ citizens in the Realm nations including Niue.
“We are also committing to provide Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to the Cook Islands, Niue, and Tokelau to support the vaccination of their 12-15 year-olds from October this year,” says Hon. Aupito Sio
New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Niue H.E Helen Tunnah in a statement to BCN news said that getting Niue’s population vaccinated is important to protecting our communities.
“We’re pleased that New Zealand is able to support Niue’s on-going pandemic response by donating further vaccines for 12-15-year-olds.
Getting as much of Niue’s population vaccinated is important, as we all want to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities.
The High Commission would like to thank Niue public health for the proactive approach they have taken in ensuring parents, caregivers and teenagers are informed about vaccination, and we’d encourage anyone with questions to get in touch with the health team at Niue Foou Hospital.
We look forward to the vaccine arriving in Niue very soon, and I know our respective Health teams are working through the final details that will enable this.”
This means that the children will have to wait a few more weeks to get vaccinated. Common Roll member Hon. Terry Coe will also have to wait for his first dose of the vaccine.