Rachael Terry, South Golden Beach
I am really shocked and disappointed at the one-sidedness of The Echo reporting on the COVID-19 vaccination debate. Any dissenters are dismissed as selfish whackos who are gullible enough to believe right wing propaganda and don’t want to wear a mask.
Whereas the truth is that many, maybe even most of those of us opposed to the vaccination, don’t really mind wearing masks, don’t have a problem with social distancing, are prepared to put up with lockdowns, but don’t want to be injected with something that hasn’t gone through the usual clinical trials (my understanding is that it will be the end of 2023 before the testing period is finished) and that has never before been approved for use in humans.
Here are some things I’m led to believe: COVID-19 has a 99 per cent overall survival rate; children and young healthy adults are almost certain to experience nothing more than mild symptoms. Never in human history has the testing of healthy asymptomatic individuals been conducted en masse to attain the numbers to declare a pandemic.
Mandy talks about division in the community, but seems to have little tolerance for anyone who questions ‘the party line’.
Just when did she decide to become a mouthpiece for the government and big pharma? Myself and many of my cohort, are not anti-vax for others, if that’s what they choose for themselves. We just don’t want to be part of the trial. And we don’t want to be penalised for that choice. Vaccine passports will never be acceptable. We demand the right to access flights, venues, public transport etc. Those who choose vaccination should have confidence in their choice and know that they are protected. Otherwise, what’s it all about?