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April 23, 2021

North coast healthcare workers get jabbed

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Dr David Stephenson receives vaccination from Janelle Wilson. Photo supplied.

Healthcare workers were the first to receive the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the Lismore Base Hospital vaccination clinic on Wednesday, 17 March.

Intensive Care Registered Nurse, Rachel Benson was the first to receive the vaccine in Lismore, and she said it was important for everyone able to be vaccinated to protect each other from COVID-19.

‘It’s another layer of protection for myself and my family, and my community, so I’m very excited to be receiving the vaccine today,’ Ms Benson said.

Infectious Diseases trainee, Dr David Stephenson, who has worked with patients who have had COVID-19, also received the vaccine today and encouraged others to do the same when it’s made available to the broader community.

‘By getting the vaccine, I’ll have more confidence in treating any future COVID-19 patients we may have,’ Dr Stephenson said.

‘When it comes to the community’s turn, I would say ‘roll up your sleeve!’

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Concerns over the Oxford/AstraZeneca that halted its use in the European Union (EU) after reports if may have caused blood clots led to a review.

The BBC has reported that ‘The European Medicines Agency (EMA) reviewed the jab after 13 EU states suspended use of the vaccine over fears of a link to blood clots.

‘It found the jab was “not associated” with a higher risk of clots.

‘Germany, France, Italy and Spain said they would resume using the jab.

Rachel Benson ICU nurse and Roger Revill, nurse immuniser. Photo supplied.

All healthcare workers offered vaccine

Northern NSW Local Health District Chief Executive Wayne Jones said the clinic opening was a fantastic development in the pandemic response.

‘It’s a great milestone today that we’re providing our first COVID-19 vaccines just 366 days after our very first case of COVID-19 in Northern NSW, Mr Jones said.

‘We are more than excited to be at this point.

‘Every staff member and clinician who works in Northern NSW Local Health District will be offered a vaccination.’

Mr Jones reiterated the strong evidence around the efficacy of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to protect against severe illness and death, which is great news for our communities and for staff working in our health facilities.

‘Every box that needs to be ticked in the development of the vaccine has been ticked,’ Mr Jones said.

‘I’ll be stepping up and getting the jab when my number comes up.’

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  1. Ohhhh how they’ve been deceived 🤦🏼‍♀️😞
    Be FULLY informed before you give consent, Do your own investigative research:


    C’mon people, stop looking to your TVs, Radios and ABC, 9,10, triple j, and politicians for answers who aren’t showing you the actual physically evidence this vaccine is “safe and effective”, they’re just saying it is. Think critically for yourself before it’s too late!!!!!!

  2. No one can give a 100% guarantee that the vaccines are 100% safe and there is definitely no guarantee given that this or any vaccine is 100% effective. We all know this. We all know that medicine is an experimental science. We also know that there are now much more stringent hurdles for new vaccines than ever existed for the ones that have transformed our lives and given us a good chance of seeing all our children reach their teenage years.

    We all look at the potential gains and losses. We look at the death and morbidity odds of Covid19 for different vulnerable cohorts and must make a decision on balance.

    Don’t have the vaccine – it’s your choice but don’t pretend to have all this superior knowledge. I can understand mistrust of pharmaceutical companies and of politicians. What I can’t understand is the disdain in which we hold our scientists and universities and like to kid ourselves we know better.

  3. There was a time when I would read the New Scientist magazine … in 2017 the New Scientist was sold and came under the control of a man from Whitehall. Sir Bernard Gray, former Chief Executive Officer of Defence Equipment and Support.

    “ It was also reported that Gray’s business was working for the management consultant McKinsey & Company, which had been a significant beneficiary of MoD contracts under Gray … “

    Liz, research is paid for results for Owners and researchers are in need of careers………. You neglected to mention your view of the media!

  4. The media? It depends on the outlet as, unlike those who believe in the conspiratorial nature of the ‘MSM,’ I don’t see them as an homogeneous entity.

    Yes research directions are shaped by the mighty dollar. It would be wonderful if we lived in a totally altruistic world, if all our research was publicly funded and our scientists free to collaborate rather than compete. This unfortunate lack though does mean that therapies that will attract widespread interest and the deeper pockets of first world nations, are likely to take priority backing. . They are more likely to make long-term profits though if the product is demonstrably effective and avoid litigation payouts if they take appropriate duty of care.

    I have heard Ian Frazer acknowledge that a pharmaceutical company will profit from his work on Gardisil but without their funding we would not now have a vaccine that is showing indications of eliminating cervical cancer.

    I don’t see the world through rose-coloured glasses but neither do I assume that a bit of healthy scepticism gives me the necessary breadth of knowledge to make pronouncements on the motives of some brilliant scientists who, I am sure, do have plenty of altruism along with their pragmatism.

    Of course the forces of capitalism want vaccines rolled out so the market can get back into full swing but that doesn’t mean those who have dedicated their lives to science are all in a dastardly conspiracy to poison us. Not does it mean there aren’t side benefits for us in avoiding a nasty virus.

    Perhaps there is something in not letting the demand for perfection get in the way of some possible benefit.


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