Stopping vaccine roll-out is wrong
There have been calls this week for Australia to pause its roll-out of the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine.
These came from National senator Matt Canavan.
The issue that is causing his concern is that globally, about 18 million doses of the vaccine have been administered and out of that huge volume, 30-odd people have experienced blood clots after getting their jabs.
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Medical experts say that there is no proof that the AstraZeneca vaccine causes blood clots.
Senator Canavan claims that Australia doesn't face an imminent risk of COVID spread so it would be prudent to suspend the vaccine roll-out.
He seems to be ignoring the COVID-19 wave that has hit Papua New Guinea.
As a Queenslander, he must know how close PNG is to our Torres Strait Islands.
At a time when the government is trying to ramp-up the vaccine roll-out, should we really be pausing it?
Also, the sooner we roll out the vaccine program and make all Australians safe, the sooner we will stop snap lockdowns and state border closures and the sooner we can allow stranded expats back into this country.
For the roll-out to be successful, we need our people to have confidence in the vaccine.
I think it is particularly unhelpful that the senator is seeking media attention by grandstanding on an issue of which he seems to have little understanding.
Liz Hammond, Lavington
It's no solution
"It takes a lot of pain and suffering away from not only the people who are dying, but their families" (Kevin Harmer, The Border Mail, February 15).
Such a sentiment highlights a main driver motivating dying with dignity supporters.
How much of this drive to "end it all" is about us, not the dying, as we watch our loved ones die?
Today there is little physical pain medicine cannot relieve.
What medicine can't relieve however, is the suffering of the loved ones.
But we don't euthanise them.
Another Dying with Dignity supporter, Nadine Shaw in a letter in January wrote: "The Netherlands have an amazing system."
It's so amazing the leading backer of the Dutch law, Professor Theo Boer has admitted to the world that: "After 12 years of experience, I take a very different view."
Denise Cameron, Albury
Hospital shortcomings obvious
Can we please have an independent, wide-ranging review of the Albury hospital?
There are many questions that the public need to have answered, including; the long waiting lists, the use of the operating theatres, the cancellations of surgeries just prior or on the day of surgery, the lack of beds post surgery, emergency department and people not being admitted that should be.
And the list goes on.
Many people are suffering unnecessarily waiting for good-quality health services delivered in a timely manner.
Not only do they have physical health problems but they are now certainly developing mental health issues because of the sheer neglect they are experiencing from our local health services.
It is simply not good enough.
Christine Stewart, Beechworth
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