Dangerous political squabbling compromises vaccine rollout
It is appalling that Queenslanders are getting different advice from the State and Federal governments about the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine.
It's a new low in the never-ending bickering between these levels of governments which people were given a brief respite from at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.
No wonder most voters reach the conclusion that we're over-governed.
Maybe they're right.
Queensland Health Minister Yvette D'Ath and her director general John Wakefield yesterday revealed a new protocol would be introduced under which people with a history of allergic reactions would be told to consider delaying getting the jab.
Just two hours later Federal Health Department boss Brendan Murphy and the head of the Therapeutic Goods Administration John Skerrit urged people not to delay.
Soon after, the Queensland Government backflipped on its own advice.
We're all used to the tiresome squabble between different levels of government.
But this kind of mixed message is totally unacceptable.
Health advice should always be above politics.
After a small number of cases of allergic reactions, there should have been an agreed national position on moving forward with the AstraZeneca vaccine and everyone should have then sung off the same song sheet.
This kind of squabbling won't just undermine confidence in the COVID vaccine and slow our efforts to end this pandemic.
It will cause some people to question the safety of other vaccines in the future and that's downright dangerous.
Originally published as Dangerous political squabbling compromises vaccine rollout