Bainimarama: Vaccination ‘critical’ to reopen economy

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama gets vaccinated by staff nurse Aqela Wainiqolo. Picture: SUPPLIED.

If people don’t get vaccinated the economy will not be able to reopen, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama as he urged Fijians to get their jabs.

“Register to get vaccinated and get yourself and your family vaccinated. It is critical that you do. If you don’t we won’t be able to reopen the economy, get you back to your work, businesses and resume normal life,” he said.

Mr Bainimarama is also urging Fijians to adhere to the COVID-19 safe measures.

“I ask one thing one of you. I also ask the rest of all Fijians in Viti Levu and all over Fiji. Please adhere to the COVID safe measures,” he added.

While addressing the nation on Saturday night, Mr Bainimarama said if everyone strictly did their part to prevent the spread by observing these restrictions in place, the Government would be able to continue to relax the restrictions as cases diminish.

“So that is what I am asking of all of you. Be responsible. Take this very seriously. Follow the COVID-safe guidelines that will keep you and your neighbours safe.”

He said the Government had accelerated its vaccination efforts. Mr Bainimarama said the Health Ministry would have the ability to administer 260,000 first doses of vaccines by yesterday because more vaccines have arrived in the country — and vaccines will continue to arrive with little delay.

“Once a significant percentage of the population is vaccinated, we will be able to loosen restrictions quickly, as you have seen happen in other parts of the world. Fiji is not far behind.”

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