Copy of a letter sent to Anoulack Chanthivong MP, Member for Macquarie Fields, and Ms Anne Stanley MP, member for Werriwa
Dear Mr Chanthivong / Dear Ms Stanley,
I am a member of your electorate who is very concerned about the ongoing restrictions being imposed upon people who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19.
As I write this today, here in New South Wales we have reached nearly 90% full vaccination rate of those over the age of 16.
We were assured that on December 1st restrictions would be removed for those in our community who have not been vaccinated, yet today our premier has announced that a further two weeks restrictions will be imposed until our state reaches 95% full vaccination.
Let me say before going any further with this letter that I have no issue with vaccination itself. I am fully vaccinated.
However when I consider the promises of our government at both state and federal government, and compare what is happening here with the approaches taken by governments overseas, I am becoming convinced that the extension of these onerous restrictions is unconscionable.
By comparison – Norway has a population of 5.5 million people.
Towards the end of September of this year, as Norway reached 70% full vaccination, Prime Minister Erna Solberg announced the lifting of nearly all Covid 19 restrictions.
This came at a time when Norway had over a thousand new cases per day.
What has been the result of their policy? Infections fell and have recently risen again, but yesterday (November 1st) only 2 people were reported as having passed away from Covid.
Similarly, Denmark, with a population of 5.8 million, lifted all coronavirus restrictions in early September, at 75% vaccination rates. On November 1st Denmark had 2 deaths from Covid.
While any loss of life from Covid-19 is tragic, surely, given that we have so few cases and so few fatalities from Covid-19 in our state, the extension of restrictions is totally uncalled for.
In fact the imposition of these restrictions is increasingly looking like a system of vaccine apartheid upon our citizens, and cannot be justified any longer.
I would like to know what your view is on this matter, as I regard the current policies of our government at both state and federal government level poorly thought out and poorly implemented.