We are all responsible for doing our bit to fight Covid.
We happened to be in Melbourne on Wednesday to see the matinee performance of Moulin Rouge.
After the show we went back to the restaurant where we had had lunch for a drink before we caught the train home.
Suddenly a potential customer on being refused entry because he wouldn't show his vaccination certificate started to verbally abuse the manager and his staff.
The language used was totally unacceptable.
Finally the person left. We congratulated the manager and staff on the way they had handled the incident, as did the other customers. The manager said this happens every day.
There are signs at the railway station that state it is an offence to abuse staff; is that not also the case for hospitality and retail workers?
It is just a contemptible act to physically or verbally attack people who are trying to support initiatives that are in place to protect the public against COVID-19 .
Ron Egeberg, Soldiers Hill
HAVE YOUR SAY AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS STORY.
Until a few week ago, the daily Covid 19 reports in the news used to declare the statistics, as a percentage, on Covid 19 patients in hospital with their vaccination status.
Why has this stopped ? The U.S, the U.K, France and many other countries still privide this crucial information.
Globally, the overwhelming number of people hospitalised with Covid 19 are unvaccinated - nine out of ten in fact in the U.S.
Across Australia, thousands of people are now on wait lists for elective surgery while our hospitals are stretched to breaking point with Covid patients. We need to know their vaccination status so
a) we can see how effective ( or not ) the vaccines are and,
b) so we can see how many unvaccinated people are taking up precious bed space and medical resources.
As far as I am concerned, anyone that chooses not to be vaccinated for anything other than a genuine medical reason, automatically forfeits the right to a public hospital bed.
Craig Barrett, Creswick
Congratulations to the Courier for the opinion piece (Tues 4 Jan) highlighting the total lack of leadership at the top of Government regarding the lack of planning to ensure Australia had sufficient Rapid Antigen Test kits for our population.
To highlight this lack of planning further - a company in Queensland is manufacturing Rapid Antigen Test kits which are being exported to the U.S. - but they are not available to Australians.
An article in the Brisbane Times of Dec 30 details that a company called Ellume has a factory in Brisbane that produces 100,000 RAT kits per day (as part of a US$300M contract) that they export to the US and will continue to do so until mid 2022 at least.
This company received a grant from the QLD government in May 2020 to produce essential goods, but the grant did not seek to guarantee that Queenslanders or indeed any Australians would get access to these RAT kits.
The company, Ellume, has not yet lodged a TGA submission for approval to supply the Australian market.
How can this possibly be allowed to happen given the current chaos and lack of rapid antigen test kits in this country?
Eileen McGhee, Miners Rest
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