Amidst the Delta variant outbreak, Fiji on Thursday, announced plans to make the COVID-19 vaccine compulsory for all workers.
In a national address, Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, issued a blunt message and said, 'no jabs, no jobs'. He said that all public servants in the South Pacific nation of 9,30,000 would have to go on leave if they had not had their first jab by August 15.
Bainimarama also added that they would be sacked if they did not receive their second dose by November 1.
According to the new plan, private-sector employees must have their first dose of coronavirus vaccine by August 1, with individuals facing hefty fines if they fail to comply and companies threatened with being shut down.
Bainimarama made it clear that it does not matter if one is the CEO of the company, a sole trader or a salaried employee. 'You must be vaccinated to continue working or else that business will risk being shut down,' Bainimarama said.
Fiji's hairline policy comes amid government frustration at the widespread flouting of virus safety measures, which has been blamed in part for a huge spike in infections.