Agreed, Australians are incredibly obedient towards government authority when the issue at hand is purportedly for “the greater good”. You’d think our population would thus have a penchant for abstaining from vice, but the opposite tends to be true. I’m not stating we should “let it rip” quite yet, as the proportion of our population that is vaccinated pales comparative to other Western countries. Hospitals would still overflow, economic strain would still be incurred as people would stop going to work for fear of getting sick.
But at a certain point we need to weigh up the cost of lockdowns vs opening up, looking at countries like UAE it appears no level of vaccination will maintain covid zero. There will be cases, there will be deaths; however it appears you can mitigate it to the point death rates are near or akin to influenza with mass vaccination. For those who are anti vax… why should we curb civil liberties for everyone because a designated minority refuse to protect themselves?
At the moment the Australian population appears to be scared of their own skin… deathly afraid of covid, plenty of vaccinated people in their 20’s and 30’s are terribly scared of catching it despite vaccines being highly, highly efficacious at reducing severe illness.
It appears very easy to sway/manipulate public opinion over here.
More than this, the federal government shot itself in the foot by promoting a campaign of what I consider fear mongering over astrazenica. Astrazeneca is a relatively safe and very effective vaccine. The risk of death from clotting after taking the shot is roughly less than that of a woman using hormonal contraceptives. Statistically one is more likely to die driving their car as opposed to taking astrazenica.
But Australia doesn’t have a no fault clause for astrazenica, the worry was people would sue and therefore the vaccine was “restricted” to only those above the age of fifty. Then ATAGI came out and said “only above sixty”. I use quotation marks for “restricted” as someone could still go to their GP and request to be given astrazenica, this is what I did. Most patients received a bit of pushback as no GP wants to be help accountable in the rare instance complications develop.
Now every media outlet was reporting any case of astrazenica mediated complications, the problem was we only had astrazenica and a TINY amount of Pfizer, with more due to arrive from now through to the end of the year. Notwithstanding the federal and state governments are all quiet about Pfizer/myocarditis… ALL vaccines have very rare and potentially serious complications, Astrazenica just happens to perhaps harbour a slightly higher risk than some other contemporary vaccines; but the risk is still relatively minuscule in scale.
Now we have covid, young adults my age are refusing to get astrazenica because “they’ll get a vaccine at the end of the year” but they’re willing to smoke, vape, binge drink, pop untested random pills and more. The poor risk assessment capabilities within my demographic astound me. Vaccine timeframes are being booked up fast, even if you can only book a slot in September it’s better to do that as opposed to needing to wait until January. I wouldn’t be surprised if vaccine incentives start up at some point. You don’t want to be the one missing every AFL game/concert/public event because you aren’t vaccinated…
When covid broke out again the PM of Aus made a statement signifying all young people can and should check with their GP’s as to whether astrazenica would be appropriate for them. As a result ATAGI came out and said “no, too risky” and the Queensland premier made the horrendous choice of publicly talking about how she can’t condone the advice for the event a young adult has a clotting event.
As a result mass vaccine hesitancy has developed, with around 30% not planning to receive a vaccination. Blood clots/myocarditis associated with Pfizer = fine but astrazenica was the big bad wolf. Initial targets would have had international travel back on the map by the end of this year, now we are looking at lockdowns until the end of this year
I’d vote for Anthony Albanese but he’s stated his plan to open up Australia revolves around our ability to locally produce mRNA vaccines. An early timeframe for that is 2023… nooooopppe