Olympics athletes to be vaccinated before Tokyo arrival

All athletes taking part in the Tokyo Olympics are expected to be vaccinated before they go to Japan. As reported by Fiji times.

Athletes, officials and stakeholders have been encouraged to get vaccinated in their home countries, in line with their national immunization guidelines, before they go to Japan to not only protect themselves but also to protect the people of Japan for the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) president Dr. Robin Mitchell said five countries that had started their vaccination programs were four Micronesia countries and American Samoa.

“Countries such as Australia and New Zealand have started, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands have also started.

“They bring their vaccination from India. For the rest of us in the South Pacific, we will have to wait a little bit.”

Dr. Mitchell said International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach had said that athletes were important role models and those taking the vaccine could send a powerful message that vaccination was not only about personal health, but also about solidarity and consideration for the well being of others.

“Vaccines are one of many tools available in the toolbox, to be used at the appropriate time and in the appropriate way,” Bach earlier said in a statement to ONOC.

“The IOC continues to strongly support the priority of vaccinating vulnerable groups, nurses, medical doctors and everyone who is keeping our societies safe,” he said.

The rescheduled 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games is expected to start on July 23 and end on August 8.

The Fiji 7s team is the Olympics rugby 7s champion and they will be in Tokyo to defend their title.