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Vaccine hesitancy is an economic and health disaster

In his latest opinion piece for the Australian Financial Review, Sam Lovick places some of the blame for COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in Australia on the communication and vaccine roleout choices that the Commonwealth government has made. These choices make it much less likely that Australia will achieve the required level of vaccination to fully protect the community once the borders are open, complicating the task of reopening the economy. Worse still, there is growing evidence that COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy is affecting other important vaccine programs, notably influenza. He suggest that there is a case for making COVID-19 vaccination compulsory (unless there is a bona fide medical reason why not) as we do with childhood vaccines. You can read his views here.