Deniliquin Pastoral Times
Vaccine reallocation backdown
Efforts to pressure the New South Wales State Government into reversing the controversial ‘reallocation’ of regional NSW Pfizer vaccines has been successful.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced yesterday that additional doses of Pfizer would instead be sourced from the federal government, after substantial pressure from regional communities.
No official numbers have been released since reallocation started, but the PASTORAL TIMES understands up to 1000 Pfizer doses per week had been redirected from a health district outside the region. And it was anticipated a 50 per cent decrease could have continued for three to four weeks, and potentially longer.
But the Premier says that these doses will be returned in the coming weeks.
Though Murrumbidgee Local Health District was unable to confirm how much of its Pfizer supply was reallocated, multiple residents waiting on their first dose have reported cancelled vaccination appointments.
The change comes after a state parliamentary petition gathered more than 4000 signatures in just four days, calling on the NSW Government to “reverse the inequitable decision and city-centric bias of both Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Deputy Premier John Barilaro”.
The petition was started by the Shooters, Fisher and Farmers Party.
Member for Murray Helen Dalton said she was contacted by multiple constituents, who expressed concern and disappointment after their vaccination appointments were cancelled.
One email read: ‘‘I am a retirement village manager and work with a vulnerable cohort every day. I will not be lining up for the AstraZeneca because they have decided my Pfizer is better off somewhere else’’.
‘‘Another told me they had booked in for the Pfizer vaccine on July 30, received their reminder text the day before and then by that same afternoon received a call to cancel the appointment,’’ she said.
The reallocation was announced by Premier Berejiklian last week, with these doses to be given to 20,000 Sydney HSC students.