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Singapore shows nothing is guaranteed to return normal

Having passed the 80 per cent double-vaccination mark last month, the example of Singapore suggests that achieving a milestone coveted by Australia is not a guarantee of returning to anything like pre-pandemic life.

Indigenous Australians is targeted

Last week, as case numbers in the Covid-ravaged regional New South Wales town of Wilcannia soared, a broadcaster at the local radio station, Brendon Adams, received an offer in an email.

Vaccination certificates at risk of forgery

The federal government’s COVID-19 vaccination certificate can be forged using a widely known technique to bypass the protections.

Giving up his retirement plans to fight COVID-19

Jamal Rifi loves his front yard. Its neat circular driveway, walking outside in the morning to see sun and greenery. But for the past 18 months, he hasn’t seen the green because it has been covered by two enormous tents.

Weekly COVID news

  • Melbourne’s North and West still a concern
  • Pregnant Women Urged to get Vaccinated
  • Sydney social housing towers residents protest ‘overpolicing’
  • Tony Abbott cops $500 fine
  • New campaign targets unvaccinated
  • Australia secures extra Moderna

Worldwide news

  • South Africa introduced vaccine passport
  • UK will scrap vaccine passport plan
  • More than 100,000 vaccines from Italy to Iraq
  • Denmark lifts restrictions as vaccinations top 80%
  • US podcast star taking deworming drug ivermectin for Covid
  • Australia secures extra Moderna
  • Canadian anti-vaxxers hit Justin Trudeau

COVID vaccines myth busting #5

  • Will the flu vaccine protect me from getting COVID-19?
  • Do fit and healthy people have to get vaccinated?
  • Do people have to receive two doses and do they have to be the same type of COVID-19 vaccine for it to be effective?
  • How long does it take to have immunity after vaccination?

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What’s behind Melbourne’s anti-lockdown protests

Protests started last week after Victoria’s government first mandated COVID-19 vaccines for construction workers, and then shut the building industry down for two weeks.

Australia lower rare AstraZeneca-related clots mortality 

In Australia, 11.3 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine — now called Vaxzevria — have been administered, with a total of 141 people developing a confirmed or probable case of TTS linked to the jab.

Fraudulent ivermectin studies open up new battleground

Ivermectin has never been proven as an effective Covid treatment, and studies that said it was have been either poorly conducted, too small for their findings to be applied more widely or outright faked. Yet the drug’s popularity has soared.

Frustrating delays in Australian certification

As hospital admittance numbers grow in NSW and Victoria as both states battle to contain outbreaks of the Delta variant, the need to bolster nursing numbers has again been thrust into the spotlight.

Weekly COVID news at a glance

  • Half of Australians aged 16 and over fully vaccinated
  • Only 9 percent refuse vaccination
  • Queensland premier’s ‘sarcastic’ comment?
  • Improve healthcare for multicultural communities
  • Vaccinated international students to return to NSW
  • Some Australians missed heart checks

Worldwide news

  • Germany is ending quarantine pay for unvaccinated
  • Singapore to expand booster shots
  • Replacing unvaccinated health workers
  • Unvaccinated Brazil President eats pizza on NY sidewalk
  • Italy backs shots for pregnant women from second trimester
  • Ireland ends hotel quarantine for inbound travelers

COVID vaccines myth busting #7

  • Vaccines cause autism?
  • Infant immune systems can’t handle so many vaccines?
  • Natural immunity is better than vaccine-acquired immunity?
  • Better hygiene and sanitation are actually responsible for decreased infections, not vaccines.

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How groups react to VIC roadmap to reopen

Melbourne’s lockdown will be lifted once 70% of Victorian adults are fully vaccinated against Covid, expected about 26 October, the Victorian premier Daniel Andrews announced on Sunday.

How Hume became the centre of Victoria’s Delta outbreak

By last Friday, there were 1,646 cases in the City of Hume, more than a third of all infections in Melbourne. Meanwhile vaccination rates are among the lowest in the state.

Seven-day home quarantine for NSW international arrivals

New South Wales will introduce a home quarantine “pilot” for international arrivals as part of a plan to begin opening international borders even as parts of the state returned to lockdown.

Weekly COVID news at a glance

  • Shepparton shares hope
  • Melbourne anti-lockdown Protest
  • Welfare recipients struggle with cost of living
  • Sydney’s hotspots awake to relaxed restrictions
  • Pregnant Women forced to Isolate
  • Victoria pharmacies prepare to administer Moderna

Worldwide news at a glance

  • WHO says Covid misinformation is a major factor
  • Dubai dog squad sniffs out Covid from sweat
  • Dutch to end social distancing rule
  • India may resume vaccine exports to Africa
  • Portugal the most fully vaccinated country
  • World first for AI and machine learning to treat Covid patients

COVID vaccines myth busting #6

  • How long will the COVID-19 vaccine last once I have had 2 doses?
  • Will we need to get a COVID-19 booster shot each year?
  • Were COVID-19 vaccines rushed through approvals or given emergency use authorisations in Australia?

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Vaccinated ones should have more privileges and greater freedom

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Vaccinated ones should have more privileges and greater freedom

 

In the last week, NSW has already over 70% of the 16+ population received the first dose of vaccine. It is expected that it will be the first state to reach 70% and 80% fully vaccinated. All the attention is now on how NSW will relax its lockdown and what will happen after then.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews had complained that Victorians were not given their share of vaccines and pleaded for a greater share to face the escalating infections in the state. The federal government has responded positively by allowing more of the newly obtained extra Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to be directed to Victorians. It is expected that Victorians who once had a long queue for booking for Pfizer vaccine in the past few weeks can shorten the waiting time shortly soon. We hope that the more Victorians being vaccinated, the faster the infections be suppressed.

Yes, we understand that vaccination is the only path for Australians to get out of the pandemic. Now the battleground will shift to a fight with vaccine hesitancy, that is how to convince those who are reluctant to be vaccinated, to receive the vaccine. NSW has proposed special privileges for fully vaccinated which I think is appropriate. There are some promoting rewards be given to encourage people to change their minds to receive vaccines at a late stage. I believe that it is un-Australian to reward those who have refused to vaccinate earlier to change.

The federal government has not spent much in promoting vaccination and community education. It should change its strategy by spending more to promote vaccination in areas of low vaccination rate, especially spend more to promote among CALD communities instead. However, financial rewards would not be appropriate as an incentive. Many Australians have demonstrated their support to this country in getting vaccinated. They are the people that should be rewarded instead. The approach by the NSW government is to be commended.

At this moment, the vaccination rate in Australia is limited by the supply of vaccines only. With the spread of Delta, a higher vaccination rate will be achieved before it is slowed down.

Regards,

Raymond Chow

Publisher, BlessingCALD

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