Another Melbourne lockdown – how a slow vaccine roll out destroys Labour if Covid gets in

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Another Melbourne lockdown…

Covid 19 coronavirus: Melbourne goes into ‘circuit-breaker’ lockdown for 7 days

Victoria will be plunged into a seven-day lockdown from tonight after the state’s Covid-19 outbreak rose significantly overnight.

Acting Victoria Premier James Merlino said this afternoon the state would go into a “circuit-breaker” lockdown from midnight until Friday morning next week, with only five reasons to leave the house.

Those five reasons include to get food and supplies, authorised work, care and caregiving for medical reasons, exercise for up to two hours each day with one other person, and getting vaccinated.

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It is the fourth time Melbourne has been placed in a lockdown.

…I’m deeply skeptical of opening travel bubbles with anyone.

Why are we doing this at the most dangerous time of the pandemic? We won’t know we will have contracted it via Australian travel until sick people start turning up at our hospitals.

I have grave doubts about the vaccine roll out which is already delayed, this is after all the same health service that screwed up the measles epidemic...

Christchurch GP Dr Hammond Williamson​ was not so optimistic.

He feared the roll-out would be a “disaster” as the Ministry of Health had provided little to no information about how it would work, and what would be expected of him and his colleagues.

Williamson worried the mistakes made in the distribution of the 2020 flu vaccine, which saw some clinics supplied with too few doses and others provided with too many, would be repeated with Covid-19.

“Communication about it was terrible. On the news repeatedly the public was told GPs had [the vaccines, but] they were delayed weeks and weeks,” he said.

…with the new mutations of Covid so much more contagious it is an enormous risk to be this open.

The virus is still out of control globally, the vaccine roll out is far from over and the simple reality is that until 75% of the global population is vaccinated this continues.

Surely the smart money would be on waiting until the damned vaccine is fully rolled out, why risk everything now?

We have all sacrificed for this damned plague, why put all our amazing work at risk to rush travel bubbles? This drive to ‘go back to normal’ misinterprets how utterly difficult vaccinating everyone will be.

We are putting the cart way ahead of the horse and if the damned virus does get into the country, all Labour’s political capital will implode.

I just can’t see the borders opening until 2023 and that reality demands a bigger vision from the Government.

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  1. The not knowing if we have imported any spread from Melbourne, is the same as not knowing about cases escaping Auckland before a lockdown. Breathe. The problem with this bubble is that those of Oz won’t be vaccinated till the end of the year either.

  2. The health department only had a year to plan how to roll out the vaccine quickly but they chose to roll it out slowly. Why?

    A poor country like the Cook Islands with assumedly less medical resources per head of population than New Zealand has vaccinated half their population in six days! The covid disaster zone that is the USA has also already vaccinated half their population.

    The health department here seems to have banked on continuous dumb luck.

  3. The health department only had a year to plan how to roll out the vaccine quickly but they chose to roll it out slowly. Why?

    A poor country like the Cook Islands with assumedly less medical resources per head of population than New Zealand has vaccinated half their population in six days! The covid disaster zone that is the USA has also already vaccinated half their population.

    The health department here seems to have banked on continuous dumb luck.

  4. The health department only had a year to plan how to roll out the vaccine quickly but they chose to roll it out slowly. Why?

    A poor country like the Cook Islands with assumedly less medical resources per head of population than New Zealand has vaccinated half their population in six days! The covid disaster zone that is the USA has also already vaccinated half their population.

    The health department here seems to have banked on continuous dumb luck.

  5. And the people who pushed to have the bubble will be the first to complain if it does run riot in NZ

    • Undoubtedly. The govt’s capitulation on opening the bubble was a massive win for National because they now have a ready made stick to beat Labour with when it inevitably goes to custard and we are back in Level 3 or 4. Nobody will care that National were demanding the same bubble a year ago. The buck will stop with Jacinda.

      • Hi Leighton You are right about one think Jacinda will be toast even if Auckland goes to 3 Level no money for Level 4 so New Zealand will end up like United States under Trump survival of the fitest no money have to eat trees. It get better my mother mate coming round with a Gun if we go back to Level 4 nobody will survive no wage subsidy no rent freeze no mortgage holiday. Bloomfield Hipkins and Ardern need to grow up and get of there High horse.

  6. Stop whinging we are still better of than many others and we are waiting for our vaccine top up. People wanted the bubble and they got it and with the bubble comes some trouble. Remember we still have at least 30% hesitancy and some for good reason. Some people like to know the worst and best case scenario when it comes to being vaccinated. And some don’t trust our our public health systems when it hasn’t looked after them or there bests interest and this is their right and can you blame them, nah!

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