Matcham Caine, Byron Bay
I wish to provide a civil liberties perspective on the novel coronavirus health crisis, given the feelings of some that the decision to vaccinate, or not, need only be considered in regards to their own body. If this applies to you, know that your decision is not that simple.
Civil liberties are never absolute, because the rights of one have a habit of impacting on the rights of another. So, for example, freedom to avoid vaccination has to be weighed against another’s right to a safe workplace, safe access to public facilities, and so on. It is for this reason that the NSW Council for Civil Liberties and other groups advocate for a balanced approach to rights and responsibilities.
That said, note the reluctance of even a desperate federal government to mandate vaccinations. It is broadly considered a step too far in sacrificing personal liberty. You do ultimately have the choice of not vaccinating. But don’t pretend it is your right to think only of yourself, and don’t complain when others exercise their right to a vaccine passport (or whatever it turns out to be) so that they can go about their lives without worrying about the impact your choices may be having on their wellbeing.