Government announces second rollout of booster vaccinations to commence mid-September

Minister of Social Services Hon. Sauni Tongatule

The government announced today that there will be a second rollout of booster vaccinations, under the Pfizer and BioNTech (Comirnaty) programme, that will begin in mid-September for Niue’s eligible population.

In the government press release issued today, Minister of Health Hon. Sauni Tongatule said “that a second booster dose may be beneficial for those most at-risk of serious illness from COVID-19 and with a gap of six months from their last booster. The vast majority of Niueans became eligible in July 2022.”

“Based on current advice from Niue’s Health Department, for those who are not at risk of severe illness from COVID-19, a two-dose primary course and a booster dose provides excellent and lasting protection, which is why this second booster is voluntary and targeted at those 50 years and older including healthcare workers,” said Minister Tongatule. 

The second rollout of booster doses will take priority over the vulnerable populations and healthcare workers due to the nature of their profession.

Niue’s Covid-19 response framework has been active since the island detected its first case in March this year and has shown to perform well in minimizing the spread of the virus in the communities. 

The health department continues to work closely with New Zealand’s government and health officials and will review new information on Covid-19 and its vaccinations. 

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