We didn’t have time to prepare! We were focusing on controlling large outbreaks as our first priority! We had to ensure our economy didn’t collapse and lead to chaos!
Many countries in the world can use these excuses to justify their slow rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. Australia CAN NOT.
We haven’t had a significant outbreak since December, and we haven’t had a severe outbreak since September.
So, what’s the excuse, Scott Morrison?
Yes, we started late. You told us that there was no rush to begin vaccinations and that the vaccines’ safety should be ensured before any injections. Still, even at the 6-week mark, we’ve only administered half as many shots per head of population as other countries at the same 6-week mark.
Only 2% of Australians have been vaccinated.
46% of people in Britain have been vaccinated, along with 30% in the US.
It is staggering how far behind we are. Yesterday, America had 50,329 new cases of the virus. The UK had just over 2,700. Australia? Zero cases of community transmission and 9 from international travellers in hotel quarantine. The US can still administer thousands of vaccines a day while attempting to manage the virus. Australia only has one job. Vaccine rollout. Evidently, that task has still been too complicated for the government to appropriately manage. Unfortunately, you can’t just leave this issue up to the State government’s this time, Mr Morrison.
Excuse my harsh and sarcastic criticism of the Prime Minister, but his words and actions over the past few months can only be described as ‘floaty’. He just floats around. No courageous decision-making, no powerful public speeches creating certainty in the community. He briefly responds to a question and then jumps around the problem, somehow convincing himself that he’s adequately answered the question.
The solution to resurrecting Australia’s vaccine rollout starts with the Morrison government. Greater federal transparency is required through accurate and precise information. This must be presented multiple times a week and include information such as the quantity and location of every dose delivered to every state. Re-assuring citizens about the vaccines’ safety can also improve public confidence and lead to more people stepping forward to be vaccinated.
However, the government must also provide the State governments with the authority and autonomy to organise their rollout. The federal government must supply any number of vaccines that the states require and allow the bodies that run our public hospitals to administer the doses. This is where the State governments need to plan how they can efficiently vaccinate their population. Using prominent public venues, allowing pharmacies access to the vaccine (similar to flu vaccinations), and increasing the number of GP’s are all options in expanding the rollout of the vaccine. We have the facilities, we must utilise them.
The main issue with Australia’s vaccine rollout has been confusion. When you don’t have a strong leader who has a clear plan of action, chaos can start to ensue. Other secondary leaders begin to make their own decisions that conflict with each other, and eventually, the whole process comes to a grinding halt. It starts with Scott Morrison. It starts with the leadership of Australia’s liberal party. With effective communication, urgency and the capacity to delegate appropriately, Australia can achieve its vaccination goals.
As a university student, I’m offer guilty of leaving assignments to the last minute. (In fact, I should probably be doing an assignment instead of writing this article). The problem when you leave an assignment to the last minute is that you don’t have any time to relax, or take a break, or slow down, it’s full intensity until the assignment is done.
Scott Morrison, you left your assignment to the last minute. There’s nothing you can do about it now, other than working at full intensity and with complete commitment until the task is done.