The Cairns Post
LET’S TALK ABOUT VAX
THE calls are becoming more strident. The language stronger and the emotion impassioned.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Deputy Premier Steven Miles, Health Minister Yvette D’Ath and chief health officer Jeanette Young are out and about pleading with people to get vaccinated. And well they might, because if we fail to reach a high percentage of double vaccination, there will be (possibly severe) consequent health and treatment issues.
I heartily support these late efforts by the “George Street mafia” to reach vaccination levels already achieved in other jurisdictions, however one must ask, why is it that we are so far behind?
The main reason is the very public pantomime put on by Jeanette Young and Premier Palaszczuk about the supposed “significant” fears for side effects of AstraZeneca and the refusal by Ms Palaszczuk to have AstraZeneca prior to tripping off to Japan that created public scepticism in the first place.
Another reason was the very public stoush that Steven Miles perpetrated with the federal government about supply issues that were, overwhelmingly, exaggerated.
Then we had the issues of local delivery, where for a couple of months, Queensland failed to order or receive any meaningful quantities of vaccines for delivery into arms.
To paraphrase Galatians 6:8: What ye sow, so shall ye reap. Dennis Quick, Fishery Falls