Why you should be VERY worried about our vaccine rollout: Frustrated NSW health minister admits states have NO IDEA what’s going on – after Australia misses jab target by 3.1 million
- NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard hit out at government’s slow vaccine rollout
- Claimed he was learning more about the rollout from 7.30 than federal officials
- ‘The federal government are struggling with trying to do the right thing,’ he said
- PM has missed target to vaccinate four million Australian by three million jabs
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard has launched a scathing attack on the federal government over the glacial pace of Australia’s vaccine rollout.
The frustrated veteran Liberal MP said his federal colleagues were ‘struggling to do the right thing by the community of NSW’ and demanded better communication on when vaccines would arrive.
He even claimed he was learning about the vaccine rollout by watching the ABC’s 7.30 Report rather than hearing about the rollout directly from the government.
In an interview with the show’s host Leigh Sales, he said: ‘7.30 is a very good program, Leigh. Very good program. We do get a lot of our information from you.
A nurse in the ACT receives her first Covid-19 vaccine on February 22. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has missed his target to vaccinate four million Australians by April by three million doses
‘I think it reflects the fact that the Federal Government are obviously struggling with trying to do the right thing by the community in NSW and indeed Australia.’
Prime Minister Scott Morrison spectacularly missed his target to vaccinate four million Australians by April, with only about 900,000 jabs given out so far.
He has blamed the shortfall on a lack of supply from Europe with about 3.1 million doses ordered from AstraZeneca failing to arrive on time.
Mr Hazzard said he sympathised but demanded better communication.
‘I also understand that the Federal government would be having challenges dealing with what is a very problematic situation in Europe,’ he said.
‘All the state and territory governments are very keen to work with the Federal government but it is difficult if we don’t know what the supplies are and it would appear the federal government aren’t very sure, are they?’
‘I think it’s fair to say that the communications probably do need to be improved a little bit with each of the states and territories.’
Veteran Liberal MP and New South Wales Health Minister Brad Hazzard said his federal colleagues were ‘struggling to do the right thing by the community of NSW’
Australia is making the AstraZeneca vaccine at the CSL factory in Melbourne. The government said the company could produce a million doses a week, but so far the amount has been irregular.
‘It is challenging for the federal government I’m sure at the present time to know precisely how much vaccine is coming to us from either offshore or onshore,’ Mr Hazzard said.
‘We were led to believe that CSL in Victoria would be giving us much larger regular supplies and for whatever reason that hasn’t been achieved.’
The NSW Government previously slammed the federal government for suddenly ‘dumping’ doses on its doorstep and expecting them to be administered within days.
The NSW government is trying to temper concerns about confidence in the the AstraZeneca vaccine, saying the benefits still outweigh the risks
The state government is meanwhile trying to temper concerns about confidence in the AstraZeneca vaccine, saying the benefits still outweigh the risks.
There are concerns about the AstraZeneca vaccine after a man in Melbourne developed blood clots last week after getting the jab.
Health officials in Europe found there is a causal link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and a rare blood clotting syndrome.
Mr Hazzard went on the Today show saying ‘everything has to be kept in perspective’.
‘There are some issues… but I think all things weighed up I’d still have no hesitation in having the AstraZeneca vaccine,’ he said.
‘Many people have died from the virus and there is some indication that in some situations, very rare… that (clots) may occur.’