The Jobs of Fifty-Four medical personnel in the pacific nation of Fiji have been terminated under the government ‘no jab, no job’ policy.
On Friday 17 September Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Dr James Fong made the disclosure.
According to the FIJI Sun In the Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts, 122 teachers were also terminated because of policy.
Fong said the dismissals would not affect service delivery in hospitals because the ministry was already in a process of recruiting more health staff to cushion the numbers of those who have had their contracts terminated.
“There will be no disruptions in our services, as we will continue to recruit people. There are many potential applicants that we have,” he said.
Dr Fong added that all processes were duly followed in the termination of contracts which included enabling staff to take up pending leave before a final decision was made.
According to the FIJI Sun, Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete said it was crucial that all medical staff be vaccinated because an unvaccinated person posed a great risk to the vulnerable population and for themselves, as they get into contact with sick people daily.
As of 31 August 2020, the Ministry of Health recorded that there were 892 doctors in Fiji’s health facilities with close to 3000 nursing staff, the newspaper reported.
In the Pacific nation, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in July 2021 announced the ‘no jab, no job’ policy.
It outlined that civil servants could return to work if they had received, at least, the first dose of the vaccine by August 15.
Some countries that have also put in place the ‘no jab, no jab’ policy for their medical staff included France, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.