The Society of Fiji Travel Associates (SOFTA) have confirmed their full support of the Fiji Government’s recent announcement and position on COVID-19 vaccinations being a requirement of both employers and employees in the workplace.
SOFTA President Beatrice Nast applauded the stance, reiterating “vaccinations are critical to reducing the spread of COVID-19 and the unnecessary loss of more Fijian lives”.
“COVID-19 vaccinations are also an essential step in the reopening of Fiji’s borders and for our members to be able to safely welcome back international visitors,” she said.
SOFTA aims to best assist the Ministry of Health & Medical Services reach its vaccination targets, protect Fijian lives, and reopen Fiji’s borders to international visitors as quickly, and as safely as possible.
Nast added that “it was also important to our SOFTA members that they ensure their individual businesses are a COVID safe workplace for all employees, and that they also provide a safe environment and experience for our international visitors upon their return”.
SOFTA anticipates all future international visitors over a certain age travelling to Fiji will be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and that these visitors will also expect those who they interact with whilst in Fiji to be vaccinated as well.
SOFTA is comprised of Fiji’s leading and largest inbound tour operators, activity operators, and tourist transport providers, and also includes Fiji’s largest and leading marine tourism and aviation operators.
Utilising the resources and contacts that SOFTA members have, SOFTA continues to support the Ministry of Health & Medical Services COVID-19 vaccination rollout and encourage all eligible Fijians, employed or not, to make being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 their number one priority.
This SOFTA support includes transport, logistics, vaccine awareness, and vaccine encouragement across Fiji, in particular western Viti Levu, the Mamanuca Islands, and Yasawa Islands.