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Nuku’alofa – May 19, 2021: 11.30am (Nuku’alofa Times): His Majesty King Tupou VI, reigning King of Tonga and Her Majesty Queen Nanasipau’u received their first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine on Saturday, May 15 at Vaiola Hospital.

The Ministry of Health’s vaccination team was led by the Minister for Health, Honourable Associate Professor ‘Amelia Afuha’amango Tu’ipulotu, Acting CEO for Health Dr Reynold ‘Ofanoa, Royal Physician Dr Sione Latu, lead vaccinator Sr Afu Tei and supporting physicians and nurses.

The Minister for Health observed the entire process and stated, “this is yet another milestone and historic event for Tonga and the Government’s national vaccination rollout. The King of Tonga King Tupou VI and His Royal Household are now protected from COVID-19 after receiving their first dose. Their actions today are humbling to myself and all of Tonga, as they continue to lead with exemplary character.”

The staff of the Royal Palace Office had received their vaccinations earlier in the month together with other key government ministries. The Ministry of Health is continuing the COVID-19 vaccination rollout to communities in Tongatapu and now in ‘Eua.

People aged 30 years can now be vaccinated as well.

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