Queensland Governor Annastacia Palaszczuk said that once 70-80% of people are fully vaccinated, Australia’s national plan to reopen its internal borders may be divided. Instead, she stated that she will keep the border between Queensland and New South Wales (NSW) closed until children under 12 are also vaccinated.
She told the Queensland State Assembly on Wednesday: “To be honest, I think we need to conduct further research on the unvaccinated situation of children between the ages of 0 and 12.”
Her comments seem to cast doubt on the Doherty Institute’s model, which forms the basis of the National Cabinet’s national plan to reopen Australia in stages after reaching the vaccination threshold. The National Cabinet is an intergovernmental body composed of state and territory leaders and prime ministers.
The governor said she did not want to see Queensland hospitals “crowded” with COVID-19 patients. Palaszczuk said: “You turn on this state, and then… let the virus enter here, every child under the age of 12 is very vulnerable.”
At the same time, Queensland Opposition Leader David Krissafuli accused the Prime Minister of playing “pandemic politics.”
Crisafulli told Sky News Australia that the Queensland LNP will hold Palaszczuk accountable and said that once the vaccination target is reached, Queenslanders will “see a light at the end of the tunnel”.
“Without any leadership from the Prime Minister, please allow me to provide vaccines to the people of Queensland-to get vaccinated,” he told Sky News Australia on September 2.
He said Queensland was “lagging behind” in terms of vaccine launch due to the governor’s “information” and the failure to launch a mass vaccination center. In addition, Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young has twice advised young people not to get AstraZeneca vaccine because of side effects, which is contrary to the national health advice.
Due to Pfizer’s shortage and AstraZeneca’s sufficient, there are now calls for people to vaccinate AstraZeneca to speed up the vaccination rate.
Palaszczuk called on the Doherty Institute to do more modelling, saying that its modelling was done before there were more than 10,000 new COVID-19 cases in New South Wales and did not take children into account.
At the same time, Australia’s Federal Minister of Finance Josh Frydenberg (Josh Frydenberg) stated that Palaszczuk’s position is inconsistent with the national medical advice and called on state leaders to stick to an open policy after achieving a 70-80% vaccination rate. National plan.
“We do know that children can get [COVID-19], But we also learned from medical experts that the severity of the virus is much lower, children’s illnesses are much milder, and the vaccine has been approved for people aged 12 to 15, and of course, there are 16 Years old plus population,” he told the Today Show on September 2.
Friedenberg hopes that Queensland will open up at the same time as the rest of the country. “You must learn to [COVID-19],” he warned.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times