Fiji PM announces national vaccine lottery to encourage vaccination

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Staff nurse Peni Gonivalu administers the AstraZeneca vaccine to Shivamma Naidu during the drive-through vaccination at the FNU campus. Picture: RAMA/FT FILE

The Fijian Government is organising a national vaccine lottery to reward those who have been vaccinated, and encourage others to come forward.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama made this announcement tonight, as he released the new curfew time of 7pm-4am, effective tomorrow, attributed to the 40 per cent full vaccination coverage in the country.

“To reward people who have been vaccinated and encourage those who have not yet been vaccinated, we are organising a national vaccine lottery, with some great prizes we’ll announce soon,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“But remember, this is all about winning together, and the ultimate prize is the lives we’ll save.

“We can do this, Fiji. I know that we can. We can save lives.

“We can re-open all of our businesses, micro, small, medium, and larger, and return more people to their jobs.

“We can open up our tourism sector. We can reopen to the world.

“And we can reclaim the strong Fijian economy that we built together over many years.”

Mr Bainimarama urged the Fijian public to personally reach out and encourage those who had yet to be vaccinated to do so, to be the voice of reason and compassion that compelled them to protect themselves and others.

“You could save their life or the life of another because the more of us are vaccinated the more all of us are protected.”

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