What about my kids who are aged under 16, but aren't vaccinated?Once the rate hits 70 per cent, non-vaccinated young people aged under 16 will be able to access all outdoor settings but will only be able to visit indoor venues with members of their household.
Oh ok, so birthday parties for kids are dead unless parents of all kids show up?
I support vaccinations, I'm vaccinated myself (single dose so far), but I'm really struggling with the logic of the vaccine passport. It seems the logic of it is being used as a mechanism to force as many people to be vaccinated rather than whats its being touted as.
Herd immunity is regularly referenced, but from my non-medical background, it seems herd immunity is nonsense when regarding a vaccine that doesn't block transmission, but impacting the severity. Ie. you have 80% of the herd with the vaccine, they don't stop the 20% getting it as the theory goes so IMO herd immunity is a defunct principle when talking about Covid which is why I don't think there is a purpose to the vaccine passport.
IMO there should be a focus on 3 things.
1 - Provide vaccinations for all.
2 - Anticipate the proportion of people that will be not be vaccinated
3 - Model the impact of this on the health service
What these points allow for is, that herd immunity is defunct, and after a period of time of vaccines being available for all, you open up with NO RESTRICTIONS OR VACCINE PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS. The models that we have, will tell us what the impact will be on the health services and the government needs to be responsible for this, and ensure that the level of recruitment, training and equipment is sufficient to deal with the demand at whatever level of vaccination we get to.
Based on evidence from overseas this would indicate something like 2500 aussies in hospital with covid with around about 15% of those on ventilators and another 15-20% in ICU facilities, the rest would be dedicated Covid wards.
We have been told the entire way through the pandemic that the reason for lockdowns was to ensure that the hospital systems isn't over loaded, therefore we have dealt with this issue in 2 key ways, vaccination (reducing demand on the services by reducing the number of people that require hospital admission from Covid), resourcing (which enables the system to cope with expected demand levels following re-opening in full).
Anything else IMO is a halfway house and we need to ensure that at the end of this, a level of normality is what we are seeking. Checking in at every venue / shop etc cannot become the norm of our existence. It plays its part in a pandemic, but once this converts to being endemic in society, we ensure we are protected as much as we can, then we ensure that we have resourced adequately to deal with the level of inpatients. Once we have provided for that, normal service should resume.