Chief Health Officer John Gerrard said having just six people on ventilators and 27 in ICU showed the vaccine was having an impact in preventing people getting seriously ill.
“To put that in context, I was in Tokyo at the beginning of the pandemic dealing with the Diamond Princess outbreak, where we had 700 people infected with COVID-19, of which over 30 were on ventilators and in intensive care units,” he said.
“Now in Queensland, we have well over 100,000 people that are infected, we have documented over 100,000 infections through testing, and we have just 27 people in intensive care units in Queensland at the moment.
“The lesson is the vaccines are working, they are specifically working on preventing people from getting critically ill and reducing hospital admissions.”
Unlike the situation in Queensland now, the Diamond Princess outbreak was not of mild Omicron. Plus, as the science shows, it was elderly passengers – an overrepresented group on a cruise – who were most vulnerable to symptoms, illness and death. For the purpose of selling the efficacy of the vaccines, the comparison is flawed. So much so that I have no idea what the CHO is trying to prove by citing it. As the dumb panic surrounding the availability of totally unnecessary vaccine doses for children demonstrates, there is a damaging real-world price being paid by the public because of the intellectual cravenness of reporters.