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Tweed Councillor calls for more vaccines as Qld tightens border

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The requirement for essential workers to have a minimum of one dose of vaccine to cross the NSW border from 21 August has led to calls for more doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to be allocated to Northern NSW.

Tweed Shire Councillor James Owen (Liberal) has written to the Prime Minister and NSW Premier as well as Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health and Aged Care, Premier of New South Wales and Brad Hazzard MP, Minister for Health and Medical Research ‘to urgently request more doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine be allocated to the Tweed Shire as a matter of urgency’.

Anyone crossing into Queensland will be required to have at least one vaccine dose by August 21.

Any essential worker who has permission to cross the border to enter or return to Queensland ‘must have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and be able to produce evidence of their vaccination and a valid border zone travel pass,’ the Queensland government announced on Wednesday, 16 August.

To further suppress the spread of the Delta variant into Queensland, Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young has advised ‘only absolutely essential workers, who have a border exemption to enter Queensland from New South Wales, and must also have had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by 1am Saturday 21 August can enter Queensland or enter NSW from Queensland and then return to Queensland.’

This group includes: police, health workers and construction workers who have to carry out essential construction activity.

“If it’s not absolutely essential, please I urge you not to cross the border to go into Queensland from NSW or to enter New South Wales from Queensland,’ Dr Young said.

Those individuals, who commute between the border zone frequently for essential work and have not yet received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will be fast tracked to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at a Queensland Health vaccination facility.

New South Wales essential workers who have not had their first dose will not be permitted to enter Queensland.

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Tweed Shire councillor James Owen (Liberal). Photo supplied.

Councillor Owens said in the letter that ‘for many essential workers in the Tweed Shire this announcement has left them desperately searching for a vaccination appointment in the next four days. If they are unable to source an appointment it will mean they can no longer carry out work in Queensland.

‘Vaccination appointments are scarce in the Tweed Shire and the wait for a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine appointment is months at present. For those that want to be vaccinated, and who choose the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as their preferred vaccine, for medical reasons or other, there must be doses available to them,’ he continued.

‘Here in our border community, we are in a desperate situation. We are pleading for support from both the NSW State and Federal Governments to help us to keep our heads above water. Please allocate more doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to the Tweed Shire as a matter of urgency.’

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  1. Vaccine rollout? Just another massive LNP catastrophe, just stack it down the back on the big pile with all the rest of the LNP catastrophes! If you have had enough of this endless LNP failure, the best thing you can do is stop voting for the LNP, starting with this bloke and his National party cronies!

  2. Hey ! Mr/ms Tweed I was gonna say this exact same thing . Just line this up with the total incompetency & lack of planning ( when SCOMO had plenty of warning of re Greg Mullins expert fire-ie) in relation to horrific bushfires of 2019-20. Then there was the complete stuff up of vaccine roll out & lack of quarantine facilities (we have one) the media has allowed Scomo to get off light here…..the more recent tragedy in Afghanistan that he should have acted on & organised an escape route for those in need months ago…and Oh ! lets not forget Robo debt. There must be other fook ups that I have forgotten , due to their regularity ? Well ya can’t say the LNP aren’t consistent if nothing else. Still I worry as after a whole lot of spin from Scomo /Gladys (the Koala Killer) Barilaro & Hazzard (what a team) the gooses may vote this lot of dangerous fools in again. Oh! yeah I forgot they haven’t closed Don Dale Detention (prison) centre either or initiated a modicum of improvements for those First Nation people in jail or even out of jail. I could go on, but I feel ill.

  3. Given the HUGE anti vaxx community in Northern NSW, I would be surprised if anyone in the region cares about getting a vaccine. Perhaps they would rather replace the vaccine with a smudge stick and a drop of patchouli on each temple, and demand they be allowed to cross the border anyway?

  4. So there’s no choice I must get vaccinated or loose my job ?The delta is so contagious ALL MUST BE vaccinated .What about Zoran and his sons that went here there and everywhere with the extremely contagious delta shouldn’t there be hundreds falling ill ? Please take your time to comment no hate this way or that … I respect all our views we definitely don’t want a us and them.Thank you for allowing my comments. Peace to all


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