The AFR’s Mark Ludlow asks the salient question today: “How the hell did Queensland Health let doctors and nurses who hadn’t been vaccinated against the coronavirus treat active COVID-19 patients?”
This comes after revelations that the state’s new cluster was seeded by two unvaccinated healthcare workers – a doctor and a nurse – who treated COVID-infected patients at Prince Alfred Hospital in South Brisbane.
The nurse then travelled into Byron Bay in Northern NSW where she spread the virus to others via a bachelorette party party, including a Gold Coast tradie working as a stripper.
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This whole farce has left one medical specialist interviewed by The AFR flabbergasted:
“Frontline workers not vaccinated and COVID contact workers allowed to cruise around the community without precautions. Unbelievable”, said one specialist, who did not want to be identified.
Turns out, the Queensland Government has been stock-piling Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, rather than administering it to front-line staff working in COVID hospital wards and quarantine hotels.
Queensland has administered about 65,000 of the 106,000 vaccine doses it has received to date, and some 1,500 healthcare workers have yet to be vaccinated.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk yesterday declared that from Wednesday, only vaccinated staff would be allowed to treat COVID infected patients. But this is akin to shutting the gate after the horse has already bolted. Easter holiday plans are already wrecked.
Add Queensland to the long list of COVID vaccination failures, which runs from the Prime Minister down.