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Civil Servants Warned, No Jab By 1 November, 2021, No Job

Civil servants who have not received their first dose of the vaccine must go on leave from Monday next week.
08 Jul 2021 19:58
Civil Servants Warned, No Jab By 1 November, 2021, No Job
Staff Nurse Noleen Kumar at the Vaccination Drive at the Civic Auditorium in Suva on June 29, 2021 Photo: Leon Lord

All civil servants are expected to be fully vaccinated by November 1, 2021. If they do not adhere to these civil service guidelines, they will be dismissed from work.

In a statement, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said as civil servants, it was their duty of care to be fully vaccinated.

“Under the Fijian Constitution, guidelines can be issued by government to which all civil servants must adhere. Civil servants who have not received their first dose of the vaccine must go on leave from Monday next week.

“They cannot come back to work until they receive at least the first dose of the vaccine. That must be done by 15 August 2021, after which they may return to work so long as they go on to be fully vaccinated by 1 November 2021.  If they do not adhere to these guidelines they will be dismissed from work.”

He said the management and staff of many businesses in Fiji are already fully vaccinated, which is wonderful.

“All others in the private sector must follow their lead. In accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act, we are requiring that all employers and employees in the private sector and statutory bodies receive at least one dose of the vaccine by 1 August 2021.”

Mr Bainimarama said it was simply unfair for anyone to risk the health of their co-workers or their customers, or risk undermining a business’s operations because they refuse to get a vaccination that is known to be safe and effective.

“It does not matter if you are the CEO of a company, a sole trader, or a salaried employee — you must be vaccinated to continue working or else that business will risk being shut down. No jabs, no job — that is what the science tells us is safest and that is now the policy of government and enforced through law.”

Mr Bainimarama also assured that he had not been magnetized or microchipped by the vaccine.

“I have not received the mark of the beast, or any other creature. The vaccine does not do that to anyone — Not me nor any of the over 335,000 Fijians who have already received one or both doses. That includes the church leaders, our Olympians, business leaders and everyday Fijians who want to keep their nation safe.

“The foolish few who sow doubt about the vaccine are speaking lies in defiance of faith, of facts, and of the duty of care that every Fijian owes to themselves and each other. Their lies can only lead to sad and preventable death from COVID-19.

“We must not fall prey to their false theories and prophecies. God gave us brains so we can use them. It is He who guided the hands of the scientists and doctors who developed these vaccines to protect us. And we must accept them because they are proven to work well and because they are proven to be safe.”

 



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