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Vaccine Hope To Return To Normalcy: Air Siders

There is hope for Fiji to return to normalcy, says Fiji Airways purser Maria Vani. She was among the first group of Fijians who received their COVID-19 vaccine jab at
11 Mar 2021 10:10
Vaccine Hope To Return To Normalcy: Air Siders
Fiji Airways purser Maria Vani receives her jab at the Nadi International Airport on March 10, 2021. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

There is hope for Fiji to return to normalcy, says Fiji Airways purser Maria Vani.

She was among the first group of Fijians who received their COVID-19 vaccine jab at the Nadi International Airport yesterday.

“It is a milestone for Fiji as we are the frontliners who do receive visitors and look after them. This achievement will give us a lot of hope that our industry to get back to normalcy in the new future,” Ms Vani.

“As frontliners we will look forward with our colleagues. This is a ray of hope for us.”

“I was very excited to get vaccinated and be part of the first from the national airline.”

She has urged fellow Fijians to follow suit.

“Do come and get vaccinated as this is our best shot to get back to normalcy and bring tourists back to Fiji. This is our hope to the tourism and its related industry.”

The mother of one has maternal links to Tailevu and she been part of the national airline family for the last 13 years.

 

Tanoa International Hotel manager Daniel Roy receives his jab at the Nadi International Airport on March 10, 2021. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Tanoa International Hotel manager Daniel Roy receives his
jab at the Nadi International Airport on March 10, 2021.
Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Tanoa International Hotel manager Daniel Roy, 39, who has been in the tourism industry for over 19 years said, “It is an honour and privilege to be the first the hotel line and especially my team who are there at the property.

“Vaccination gives another hope to the tourism industry that life could get back to normal or the new norm. It keeps us safe as we continue to win the battle as we have done since day one at the border quarantine,” the father of two said.

 

Air Terminal Services Fiji Manager Passenger Services Nahira Pakeeza receives her jab from Luisa Tigarea at the Nadi International Airport on March 10, 2021. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Air Terminal Services Fiji Manager Passenger Services Nahira
Pakeeza receives her jab from Luisa Tigarea at the Nadi International
Airport on March 10, 2021. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Air Terminal Services (Fiji) Manager Passenger Services Nahira Pakeeza said she was grateful for the opportunity given to her.

“In it is our effort towards reviving the aviation industry. For me, is the ATS family and the aviation for the nation as a whole, You have to see the bigger picture there are so many people who are out of jobs at the moment.

“We have to put our hands together and revive the economy as well,” the mother of two said.

 

Fiji Airports manager Landside Operations and Customer Services Joe Gray receives his jab at the Nadi International Airport on March 10, 2021. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Fiji Airports manager Landside Operations and Customer
Services Joe Gray receives his jab at the Nadi International
Airport on March 10, 2021. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Fiji Airports Manager Landside Operation and Customer Services Joe Gray said, “Indeed a privilege. I am honoured and proud of the fact has to be a father figure at the airport for our younger team members.”

“I hope that being vaccinated today will give them encouragement and inspire them to follow suit.”

He added that this office has begun advocating for the benefit of the vaccination process.

“It is not only for our health also for our very airport in Nadi. We want to see those planes fly again, people coming and out of the airport and we would like to get our life’s back and also the economy of Fiji,” Mr Gray added.

 

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