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Nuku’alofa – April 22, 2021: 11.15am (Nuku’alofa Times): People should make use of the opportunity to be vaccinated as the Ministry of Health teams continue to roll out the COVID-19 vaccination program around Tongatapu.

Acting Chief Executive Officer Dr Reynold Ofanoa says the Ministry is thankful to all who have been vaccinated and calls on those who have not to come forward and be vaccinated.

As of Wednesday, April 21, 2021 a total of 3,572 people had been vaccinated.

That included frontliners – health workers, officers from the Tonga Police Force, His Majesty’s Armed Forces, Tonga Airports and Civil Aviation workers – plus from the 45 and over age categories.

Also included in the list are some media personnel, including Nuku’aofa Times consultant editor and Department of Environment Communication Officer Iliesa Tora.

Update for April 21, 2021

Dr Reynold said they have 24,000 doses that needs to be used.

“We want to vaccinate all who want to, especially those within the 45 years old and above bracket,” he said.

“And priority as well are those that have diseases and are high risks to getting the virus.”

The health teams will be in areas below today, April 22:

Meanwhile, members of the Tonga media who were vaccinated are all doing well.

Mr Tora said fake news spread by some people should be ignored.

He added that Tongans and all those living and working in Tonga who are 18 years and above should register and get vaccinated.

“There are too many negative people around. We have been lucky so far and we need to play our parts in ensuring that we can stop and reduce the chances of us getting the virus here in Tonga,” he added.

Her Royal Highness Princess Pilolevu Tuita was the first person to receive her first dose of the Covid-19 AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine last Thursday.

HRH Princess Pilolevu Tuita receives her first dose of the Covid-19 AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine

HRH Princess Pilolevu Tuita receives her first dose of the Covid-19 AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine Photo: Matangi Tonga

The Princess volunteered to take part along with her husband Lord Tuita and Prime Minister Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa.

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