JENNIFER Oriel abandons hypochondriax who falsely claim the unvaccinated are a threat to their health and wellbeing. Instead, she wheels out an old Australian favourite using the barrow in every wowser’s garden shed: it’s not fair that we all have to pay for others to choose freely.
There has been a degree of public sympathy for people resisting Covid vaccines. However, the mood is becoming more febrile as ICU wards fill with the unvaccinated. Australians are losing patience with people who refuse the Covid vaccine and then expect first-class treatment in taxpayer-funded ICUs brimming with vaccine refuseniks. For the people I know who insist they have a right to refuse the Covid vaccine, I agree in principle. But I do not want good people to die from pride in a foolish cause.
If it’s a question of money and fairness, the unvaccinated are entitled to a tax refund. As for dying, between 95 and 99 percent of people who contract the ‘deadly’ virus survive. There is no evidence ICUs are – or ever have been – “brimming.” Finally, on a point of etymology, “refuseniks” were not people who obstinately refused to do something. They were the minorities Soviet officials refused to release from tyranny.