Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama said government workers who did not get the first dose of the vaccine by August 15 would be sent on leave and would be fired again if they did not get the second dose by November 1. The government has asked companies to show seriousness towards vaccination, otherwise they will have to pay heavy fines. The deadline for private employees has been set as August 1.
Apart from the employees, the government of Fiji has also warned the companies. The government has threatened to shut down companies whose most employees have not yet been vaccinated. In this context, in his address to the nation on Thursday, the Prime Minister said, ‘No jab, no jobs, science tells us how important the vaccine is to prevent corona. Now the government is preparing a policy based on this. Those who are not vaccinated should be prepared to lose their jobs.
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The rising outbreak of coronavirus in Fiji has put severe pressure on the health system and devastated the economy. The government of the country is offering the unemployed people tools and cash to do farming. There was no significant impact in the first year of the pandemic in the Pacific country and only two deaths occurred. But two months ago the delta form of the virus wreaked havoc. The country’s economy has shrunk by 19 per cent only last year as international tourists stopped coming. About half the jobs in the country are related to the tourism sector and Fiji is known for its white sand beaches etc.