USP Laucala Campus.
The University of the South Pacific has stepped up calls for its students and staff to get vaccinated amidst high records of COVID-19 positive cases in Fiji.
Fiji’s Ministry of Health and Medical Services is currently administering the COVID-19 vaccine Oxford-AstraZeneca to people over 18 years of age for free. USP students and staff are encouraged to register and to visit their nearest vaccination sites to get vaccinated.
USP’s Acting Vice-Chancellor and President, Dr Giulio Masasso Tu’ikolongahau Pāunga said steps taken by students and staff to get vaccinated can help the University provide a safe campus environment.
“For USP Fiji Campuses to return to face-to-face experiences and a sense of normalcy depends on the community’s ability and willingness to be vaccinated,” he said.
“I urge you all to get vaccinated without delay.”
For the past week, the University has worked closely with the Ministry of Health to ensure that all its students, including regional students living on Campus, are vaccinated. Students are informed of the various vaccination sites available near them daily on their student e-mail.
“With more concerns being raised on the increase in community transmission of COVID-19, it is incredibly important that all staff and students receive both the doses of the vaccine for long-term protection again the virus,” Dr Paunga said.
“The vaccine is proven to be safe and effective and it is important that everyone does their part so that we can open our Campuses.”
According to the World Health Organisation, COVID-19 vaccines are designed to teach the body’s immune system to safely recognise and block the virus that causes COVID-19.
Getting fully vaccinated with the first and second doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca will help provide acquired immunity or protection against the virus (SARS-CoV-2) that causes the COVID‑19 disease.
It is imperative after being fully vaccinated to still take necessary steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 by continuing to follow strict COVID-19 protocols such wearing a mask, avoiding large crowds or gatherings, and participate in physical distancing requirements.
You can learn more about what you can do after you are fully vaccinated here https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/covid-19-vaccines/advice
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