I’m sure everyone has heard by now that Australia has booted top seeded tennis player, Novak Djokovic, from the country as he is not vaccinated, which goes against our border policy. I’m not going anywhere near the politics of it, other than to say, “rules is rules” and just because you are famous and good at sport does not give you the privilege of being above said rules. The sentiment of most Aussies is that he should never have made it into Australia to start with.
In all honesty, our country has worked hard to manage the covid outbreak. Our government took a different approach to much of the world and set out a three year strategy for covid:
Lockdown and limit the spread while vaccines were developed. Over the last two years there have been numerous international headlines about how our government were taking away our rights. The thing is, we were nearly all happy to do it. There is always going to be a small but vocal group who protest otherwise, but for the average Aussie, it was just what we had to do.
Vaccinate. Aussies rolled up their sleeves and got the jab. It’s been a staggered release, with 5 to 12 year olds only commencing last week, but the stats speak for themselves (I’m not sure about boosters, but I believe it’s around 25% so far boosted).
Move from pandemic to endemic. With such a high vaccination rate, the idea is to let us start to move back into a more normal life. At the moment, Omicron is making its way through the community. We still have restrictions (masks, distancing, QR code check-ins, restrictions to hospitals/aged residences etc) but for most people, because of our vax rates, they fall ill, but not to a point where they need hospitalisation. In fact, after 7 days in isolation, the majority are recovered, not contagious and able to leave isolation.
Our stats speak for themselves:
To put it in perspective…
Australia = 5.4% have had covid and 0.01% have died.
America = 19% have had covid and 2.5% have died.
The government is watching the hospitalisation numbers and will tighten restrictions as needed to ensure our hospitals have beds for those who get ill (which, point to note, are mostly those who are unvaccinated!).
We’ve been able to manage this because, for the most part, Aussies have followed the rules. If you don’t like our rules, don’t come here. In the case of Novak Djokovic, he knew the rules and could have played – he just had to get the jab. After all, rules is rules.
What do you think?