MANDATE COVID VACCINATIONS
HERE in Australia, most states and capital territories will embark on the heartache and terror of our fourth or fifth month of the Covid lockdown. Around the world in these, the darkest hours of our lives, we share the same stories. I have many friends around the world who were not able to visit a dying spouse, child or friend in hospital. They could not share those dying moments, hold their hands and giving them the last moments of comfort. They will never know what it was like because it did not happen. A friend is getting a kidney transplant in London, but his relatives have been advised not to visit him. Can anything be more harrowing than not being able to say goodbye to a loved one? I think not. Only those friends who have been through this know the true sorrow they will remember for the rest of their lives. My prayers and thoughts with them always.
Here is a note I got from friends across the ditch (NZ): As we started with a few cases in Auckland
earlier this week, our PM decided we (the whole country) should be in total
lockdown. Sarah went to the supermarket for us after she finished work -
there was no Toast Bread or toilet paper which I had on my list. She did
manage to get Milk and some veges plus fruit. As she is an essential
worker, she goes to work in the hospital. She came masked and kept her
distance at our door; leaving the groceries and taking some empty bags and
puzzles which I cut out for her.
We have a Covid update at 1 pm every day when the Prime Minister and Director General of Health give us the latest and then journalists ask questions to which they reply. They will advise if the country will change levels of lockdown by Tuesday.
Yesterday we were told that there were cases in the Coromandel, Hamilton
and Wellington besides many extra in Auckland. Since there were no
tourists coming in, the locals were encouraged to 'see the country' and support
the ski fields as well as the other attractions around NZ! So, chances of
the virus spreading are great!!
All activities in the Village have been suspended and there are a couple of workers manning the gate, They collect bags of groceries delivered by the supermarkets (which have been ordered online) and only visitors are allowed in. Since we are the first house as you enter, we also see masked people going for or returning from their walk.”
In Australia, the battle against the Corona virus has been a bit hit and miss: some policies have been very good, others have had their pitfalls, more a matter of learning from mistakes and some not so much.
The official position on vaccination is: *It is voluntary – as are all vaccinations in Australia – and people maintain the option to choose.
I think that policy is a load of poppycock. We are in an emergency and all tools of dealing with an emergency must be used to combat the spread of the virus. To me, the simplest way forward is mandatory vaccination for everyone. There are good, honest, frightened people who are putting their faith in their Maker and are quite convinced that their Maker will ensure they do not become victims of the virus. I respect their faith but they only have to look around and see how many similarly faithful have died from the virus around the world. Sometimes, the Maker needs a little help from us humans to help ourselves.
I am clear in my own mind: Vaccination must be mandatory for everyone. Why should anyone like me and others be put at risk because others choose not to vaccinate and pose a threat to everyone else. All those idiots in the US and elsewhere require a good kick in the pants.
In my own suburb in NSW, I see a lot of idiots to walk around without their masks, visit their friends, congregate in groups at the shopping centres and other abuses of the lockdown directives. It is not their fault because their ignorance comes from the shameful fault no one has communicated with them in their own non-English language. There was a death in a home not so long ago, 50 or more families made a condolence visit, 28 or more people ended up victims of the Corona virus. It is the same story all around NSW where people do not know English, have little English and do listen to English radio or television. The government should have a communications mechanism that speak to them in their own languages. It is a tough thing because there are several ethnic languages involved. But it has to be done. Door to door.
We had our Census in the middle of the Covid lockdown. I am sure it is going to be shambles. Normally in a census, the government has teams census supporters going door-to-door collecting completed census forms and, if needed, helping folks to fill the forms or providing them limited advice. People who have never been in a census are naturally frightened in a new country, others are idiotic enough to flaunt their reluctance, yet others make a mockery of an important document by providing wrong information and yet others fear that they will be persecuted for the information they provide. Ignorance is such, if you don’t tell, they won’t know.
I have written often about this lack of communication and I am sorry if I sound like a broken record.
IF vaccination had been mandatory right for the very start, I am sure the death toll would have been much less. There are other faults in the system and I guess like everyone else our governments are living and learning. That, however, has come too late for the people who have died from the Corona Virus.