Once again, it appears that state governments believe that big cities like Melbourne and Sydney are the only places that need extra resources when it comes to outbreaks.
Over the last two weeks, the outbreak in Albury-Wodonga has created a huge demand on our health system.
Testing sites have been flooded with people before the crack of dawn and at 9am we are being told that there is no more capacity.
This is a situation that must leave a lot of non-tested, potentially positive cases out there.
Reporting of tier-one exposure sites taking 10 days or more and exposed schools being given little or no information is causing massive stress to all involved.
And now we are about to welcome visitors from Melbourne.
While we need this income desperately, as a region we have been left sorely under prepared for what is fast becoming a large outbreak.
In many areas in the North East, our overall vaccination rates are brilliant. But it has been proven we have a massive hole in vaccinations in our young people 15 and under.
We have had no extra help as we have seen in cities.
And then, to watch our CHO state he was not even aware of our situation is unforgivable, but not surprising.
I was taken by surprise when the NSW Premier announced that from December 1, there will be no limits on activities for the unvaccinated.
This announcement told the unvaccinated that they don't need the jab, just wait a couple of weeks.
Victoria, on the other hand, will be limiting the unvaccinated "well into 2022" and there is the incentive to get the jab.
Does this mean more people south of the border will come to Albury to do whatever they want?
I am sure the Wodonga Chamber of Commerce will have something to say about this.
Kids need to be vaccinated against a host of illnesses to go to school and this gives parents a sense of security for their kids. In what way is this different? No jab no entry.
I am elderly, disabled and double-vaxxed and I am not too keen on having to "rub shoulders" with people who just can't be bothered or who have been sucked into the anti-vaxx lunacy.
I am at far less risk now but it is not a certainty, people can still get very sick.
I also want to ensure that I don't transmit the virus to those who cannot be vaccinated.
All NSW residents should lobby their local MPs to push for a change in this policy.
For the health (physical, mental and economic) of all residents in Australia, no jab no entry.
MORE LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:
It is not before time that we need rapid antigen testing to be available in Wodonga.
It beggars belief why Australian Defence Force has not been called in to assist, as was the case in Shepparton recently.
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