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26 February, 2021

COVID campaign targets low vaccination areas

WITH the COVID vaccine set to be rolled out across Australia, low vaccination areas in Australia have been targeted for a nationwide information campaign.

By Rhys Thomas

Kuranda has been targeted in a new COVID vaccine information campaign.

WITH the COVID vaccine set to be rolled out across Australia, low vaccination areas in Australia have been targeted for a nationwide information campaign. 

Kuranda has been identified as one of Queensland’s lowest areas for vaccination uptakes in the State, with only 89.45% of infants from 12 to 15 months fully vaccinated and 88.67% of 24 to 27-month-old infants. 

The issue was addressed by the Australian Government as they launched a COVID Vaccine Information Campaign targeting areas of low vaccinations. 

Last Monday 142,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine were set to be distributed to frontline workers across Australia, something which the Informed Medical Options Party (IMOP) Committee Member for Tara Garrozo disagrees with. 

“The clinical trials for these vaccines are not expected to be completed until 2022-23,” she said. 

“Until trials are finished in mid2022-23 I don’t think there should be any mandatory requirements to take the vaccine at all.

“I refuse to be a guinea pig or a lab rat.” 

Tara has said that several frontline workers have approached her stating that they will not be taking the vaccine due to the lack of testing.

“There is already a lot of our frontline health care workers that are already stating that they will quit their jobs if it’s made mandatory,” she said. 

“The fact is people are hesitant and are now being classified as anti-vaxxers and that is absolutely ridiculous. 

“There are doctors and nurses and midwives who are normally very provaccine, advising against taking the COVID vaccine.”

A spokesperson for the Minister for Health and Aged Care said that the campaign will continue throughout the pandemic to keep Australians informed and up to date. 

“The government’s public education campaign will keep Australians fully informed and up to date about Australia’s COVID vaccination program,” they said. 

“The Australian Government remains committed COVID vaccinations being voluntary and for any vaccine the Therapeutic Goods Administration deems safe and effective. 

“The Department of Health is working in collaboration with media outlets and social media platforms to stop the spread of of misinformation.”  

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