COVID-19 Fiji: Unvaccinated deaths ‘higher’


There have been no COVID-19 deaths in people who had received booster shots, and unvaccinated Fijians have been dying at a rate of 27.2 times higher than fully vaccinated adults, says Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong.

He said this in a statement on Monday where he also revealed 939 COVID-19 positive patients died from other serious medical conditions and 161 died of the virus in the third wave.

In a press statement, Dr Fong said of the 161 COVID-19 deaths, six were under the age of 12.

“An analysis of the 161 deaths in the vaccine-eligible population reflected, that when adjusted per 100,000 populations, for fully vaccinated and unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated adults in Fiji, we have a death rate of 10.1 per 100,000 population for fully vaccinated adults and 275.2 per 100,000 populations for unvaccinated adults,” he said.

“This means that unvaccinated adults in Fiji have been dying at a rate 27.2 times higher than fully vaccinated adults during the current COVID-19 wave.

“There have been no COVID-19 deaths in individuals who received a booster of the vaccine.”

Dr Fong said 862 people had so far lost their lives to COVID-19 in Fiji.

The ministry also recorded 57 new cases, of which 32 were recorded on May 20, seven on May 21, 15 on May 22 and three in the 24 hours ending 8am on Monday.

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