From March 2018 (obviously before Covid), NSW Health has had a policy of ‘Mandatory’ vaccination for Category A healthcare workers. Agree or disagree with the policy, it must be said that at least they apply the policy equally to those who can’t have it, and those who won’t have it. At least on paper.
It’s an irrefutable fact that, regardless of the reason, a person who is unable to have a vaccination represents an equal risk to someone who refuses to have it. Equal application of the policy demonstrates an honest commitment to the stated intent, that of limiting the spread of Influenza within the health system. It demonstrates that the motivation is genuinely preventative in nature.
Compare this with the proposed medical apartheid that is being proposed in various jurisdictions around the country. What is going to be the situation with those who are medically unable to receive a Covid vaccination? Are they going to be given a pass, whilst the Refuseniks are held at arm’s length from mainstream society? I think the answer will be revealing as to the true motivation of the policy.
If it’s genuinely about prevention, everyone not vaccinated will be treated equally. If it’s a punitive measure, some pigs will be more equal than others.
I think I know the answer, but good luck to the Premiers navigating this one.