Fence sitters, when given a tickle, will generally tumble off on the side of self-interest. So it’s interesting to read that The Echo’s ‘Fence Sitting’ teacher (30 September) has decided to abandon their career and income rather than make a decision. Really?
Even schools have exams and assignments with deadlines. How long does it take to give the issue ‘more informed consent’? COVID vaccines first became available in NSW in February (to the aged). While everyone wasn’t covered back then, surely six months to think about it is long enough?
FS’s arguments don’t seem to be those of a fence sitter.
‘Science is not our God.’ Well, no, but it is taught in schools. Would we accept a school teacher who didn’t ‘believe in’ maths?
‘By nature, [the pandemic] is relative and evolving.’ Yep, it is evolving: to be more contagious and more life threatening. And it’s heading our way. The unvaccinated will be more likely to pick it up and more likely to pass it on.
If I had school-aged children I would not want them cooped up in a classroom with a teacher potentially spreading dangerous germs – and ideas.