Do Not Fear: PM

“For COVID-19, it is the vaccine. Doctors all over the world put their minds together and shortened the timeline given to produce the vaccine. "
07 Jun 2021 11:42
Do Not Fear: PM
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. Photo: Parliament News

The fact that God can and does perform miracles does not mean that we should always expect a miracle. The vaccination is an opportunity in the midst of this crisis. Do not hold back. Grab it.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama emphasised this strong statement while reassuring Fijians not to fear getting the COVID-19 vaccination.

He was speaking on the Na I Lalakai programme on the Fijian Broadcasting Corporation yesterday.

He said they have received feedback from people saying they are protected by God, adding that although he does not deny it, it raises a few questions.

“We should seek help from those with the knowledge and skill to assist us,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“For COVID-19, it is the vaccine. Doctors all over the world put their minds together and shortened the timeline given to produce the vaccine.

“Doctors are one of the ways in which God brings healing and recovery.

“Israel is back to normal because of the vaccine. We too can do it, if we are vaccinated.

“If you are passionate about Israel – biblical and modern – be passionate about their respect for the vaccine. Get your jab.

“Your blood will not be in my hands if COVID-19 claims your life because I have conveyed to you the truth about the vaccine.”

Viral Video

Mr Bainimarama also referred to a viral social media video in which a woman questioned the vaccine and discouraged people from getting vaccinated.

He said while it goes without saying that the Police are onto the woman for the lies propagated in her video, people should not have fear.

“No amount of her lies will change the truth that the vaccine is effective,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“She has nothing to show for her claims. And she will soon be made to answer.”

Religious Leaders

General Secretary of the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma Reverend Iliesa Naivalu said people should not use the bible to justify and create fear against the vaccine.

“We must use our sense and do the right thing to fight COVID-19.

“People are coming up with conspiracies and people need to be cautious of this tactic,” Reverend Naivalu said.

“They must not preach any part of the bible the way they want.

The problem with people is despite being educated and knowing what is right and wrong they are the ones that are easily targeted by fear mongers.

“I am encouraging Fijians to get vaccinated and let us all fight COVID-19 together.”

President of the Shree Sanatan Dharam Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji Sarju Prasad rubbished the comments and videos circulated by anti-vaxxers online.

“People claim vaccination is bad but if that was the case then why do parents allow their children to get vaccinated when they are born.?

“I request all citizens to get vaccinated to keep both their families and the nation safe,” he said.

Christian Mission Fellowship Macuata Regional Minister Reverend Viliame Gauna encouraged members to practice precaution when out in public.

Macuata Muslim League President Hazeem Hussein said religious leaders have a responsibility to make sure their members are supported.

For worshippers who continue to breach social gathering restrictions, his instructions were simple, follow COVID-safe social gathering and public health protocols or face the consequences.

Edited by Selita Rabuku


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