Avoid Long Queues, Avoid COVID Risk, Use Cashless Payments


With thousands of Fijians receiving the next tranche of $50 COVID cash assistance from Government into their M-PAiSA account this week, Vodafone Fiji is urging recipients to avoid standing in lines for hours to withdraw cash.  With the number of COVID-19 cases surging in the country, people are putting themselves and others at risk of contracting COVID if they spend long hours in crowded places.  

“The $50 received by beneficiaries is safe in customers M-PAiSA wallet without any deduction or expiry and can be withdrawn anytime”, said Mr Rajnesh Prasad, Chief Marketing Officer of Vodafone Fiji. However, we are urging M-PAiSA customers to use the cashless payments option through M-PAiSA QR rather than queuing up to withdraw cash.  “It is expected that most people will spend the money received in buying essential items such as groceries from supermarkets and on health and hygiene products from pharmacies. 

“Vodafone Fiji wishes to advise its customers that they can buy groceries and pay using M-PAiSA QR at all major supermarkets including Shop n Save, New World, Max Value and Super Fresh, Extra Supermaket, RB Patel, CJS Supermarket, Fresh Choice Supermarket, Food City, Tara’s Supermarket and Consumers Supermarket in Nadi and at almost all major pharmacies Fiji wide. We urge consumers to take the safer, cashless, and contactless payment option via M-PAiSA QR Pay.  It is better to be safe than sorry,” People can also make cashless payments to over 800 businesses Fiji wide.  

Concerns have been raised as thousands of people have started queuing up at M-PAiSA agents between the Suva-Lami and Nadi–Lautoka corridor to cash out the $50 COVID assistance. Standing in long queues in crowded places and handling cash is a potential source for further transmission of the COVID virus.  The less contact people have with other persons who are not of the same household, the safer they are. Despite the current situation, Vodafone Fiji and its loyal staff are doing their best to continue serving its customers. 

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