Daniel O’Brien, Federal
I love The Echo, thanks. Regarding misinformation and COVID-19; John Donellan’s letter implies that vaccination ‘would slow the death rate through reduced transmission’; and again, in The Echo / Cosmos article, it is implied that the community is ‘at greater risk when there aren’t enough people vaccinated’. Yet there is no published evidence indicating that vaccination prevents contraction or transmission of the virus.
[Ed Note: According to the Australian government the COVID vaccine does provide protection against COVID see: https://www.health.gov.au/
If you can accept the vaccination, your chances of surviving COVID increase, however, risk remains, in relation to contracting and transmitting, and for those susceptible to adverse reactions. COVID vaccination is a choice, not an obligation to others. Unlike the US and UK, Australia has no compensation scheme for sufferers of known side-effects.
Paul Bibby’s article, ‘Council staff lukewarm with homelessness solutions’ was no surprise. I hoped for announcement of BSC’s ground-breaking decision to comply with NSW regulations, which compel them to provide short-term and emergency accommodation for locals in need at First Sun Holiday Park. Short-term assistance can lead to long-term success, and First Sun is secure with suitable lodgings. It is a shame commercial fees are prioritised above obligation to vulnerable members of our community, or is it risk-fearing lawyers advising excuses instead of guidance?