As of last week, people living in Australia who are aged 50 years and over were able to receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine through participating general practices.
Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey wasted no opportunity to line up and have his vaccine at the Kadina Respiratory Clinic.
“I was very happy to get my AstraZeneca vaccine last week,” he said, “and will receive my second dose in twelve weeks time.
“I am also very happy to be able to demonstrate my confidence in the AstraZenica vaccine as I have been frustrated and very disappointed at the misinformation pedalled by some.
“The only way we are going to put a lid on this pandemic, to re-open our international borders and to re-invigorate all of our industries, including education and tourism is for the over-whelming majority of people to get vaccinated.
“We have made a remarkable economic recovery thanks to the decisive action taken by our Prime Minister, but world-wide the pandemic is still gathering momentum.
“We are a long way from the end and by vaccinating as soon as possible we can assure we never have go down the devastating pathway of other nations.”
Mr Ramsey said the ridiculous over-emphasis on the slight risks associated with the vaccine could dissuade people from getting vaccinated, delaying the achievement of herd immunity and extending the amount of time that people are at risk of COVID-19.
“The message is simple,” he said.
“Do not put off being vaccinated and if you are in the qualifying group I encourage you to be vaccinated as early as possible.
“I had minimal side effects, nothing more than a bit of a sore arm.”
The vaccine rollout in Australia is now picking up speed with 3,690,000 vaccine doses administered as at May 24, and in SA vaccines are now available to anyone over 16 living in the country.
The Royal Flying Doctor Service starting this week has assisted the Australian Government, by distributing and administering COVID-19 vaccination services to Australian’s living in remote communities,
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May 25, 2021