15,866 Fijians Along Queens And Kings Highway Still Unvaccinated

PM makes plea to unvaccinated people in area.
13 Sep 2021 11:33
15,866 Fijians Along Queens And Kings Highway Still Unvaccinated

The iTaukei Affairs survey last week discovered that of all villages along the Queens and Kings Highways in Viti Levu, 15,866 Fijians have yet to be vaccinated.

This was highlighted by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama on FBC iTaukei radio yesterday.

Mr Bainimarama is asking those who are not vaccinated to get jabbed because it saves lives.

“When we lift the containment borders after we reach 60 per cent, you will be the most affected. Why do I say this? Because most Fijians who have died from this pandemic were not fully vaccinated. This pandemic is now targeting the unvaccinated,” he said.

“I have said before that we would continue to change our tactics as the situation demands it. Vaccination teams are going to homes even into the night. And the efficacy of the vaccine is proving itself. Infection and death rates have drastically decreased.

“People are more confident moving around. We are collectively working towards a November reopening as I had announced earlier. And to make that happen, we must maintain our momentum and achieve the 80 per cent fully vaccinated target.

“We are almost at the end of our journey, but we must get the job done. There is absolutely no room for complacency.

“But I live with the reality that some things are beyond our control. Movements continued despite our best science-proven advice.

“When you move, the virus moves. But when you do not move, the virus dies. We could not Police everything because we had to divert resources to priority areas.

“Today, over 97 per have received the first jab, and over 55 per cent have received the second jab. And  I congratulate and thank every Fijian for this exemplary achievement.”

Mr Bainimarama said that the Bose Vakoro and Bose Vanua have been allowed to resume and the Tikina Council meetings would also resume soon.

“But, again, we are not out of the woods yet. So let us continue to press ahead. We must go past our target and ensure that every Fijian is vaccinated,” he said.

Maritime Islands 

“Let me say this to those in the maritime islands, yes, movements may have slipped under the radar, but we will not abandon you in your hour of need. We will come to your rescue. We will provide the assistance you need. We will stand with you,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“As the vaccination rate increases, we are gradually easing restrictions. As the situation evolves, so will our tactics be accompanied by significant policy announcements.

“As the intensity of our fight escalates, distractions have come and gone. We are focused on finishing the job.

“We are focused. We are single-minded. We are here for you. And I will not rest until victory is complete. We started this work with God, and we will end it with Him.”

Edited by Jonathan Bryce 


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