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NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet declares end to vaccination mandates – as Ben Fordham applauds decision

New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet’s announcement that Covid vaccination warrants are coming to an end in the state was welcomed by radio host Ben Fordham.

Mr Perrottet said he had “made it very clear that we are ending vaccination mandates” and had met with senior bureaucrats to ask them to do so.

“They are working on these risk-based assessments and I expect them to get back to me shortly,” he said. “I expect them to implement my direction.”

Fordham said on 2GB: “The worm seems to be spinning on the issue of vaccine mandates. And it’s an important step in learning to live with the virus.

He pointed out that thousands of Australians are still banned from working, including unvaccinated teachers who receive their full salaries while sitting at home.

A teacher is pictured supervising students taking an exam. Unvaccinated NSW teachers are still getting their full pay while sitting at home

“At the same time, schools are suffering from shortages. For months we have been asking Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet – when will these teachers be back to work,’ Fordham said.

He acknowledged that many parents will be cautious about having unvaccinated teachers with their children, but pointed out that many have yet to allow their own children to be vaccinated.

The latest data shows that just eight Sydney councils have more than half of primary school-aged children vaccinated against Covid-19.

“I still think there’s a strong case that people working in elder care and health should be fully vaccinated…and beefed up,” Fordham said.

“They have close contact with the elderly – who are most at risk from coronavirus.

“But if you drive a truck or work for a construction company, what’s the rationale?”

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet declares end to vaccination mandates – as Ben Fordham applauds decision

Ben Fordham has argued that vaccination mandates in most industries should be dropped as some workers have lost their jobs completely, with no money to care for their families

He said some workers lost their jobs completely, with no money to support their families.

Fordham said if vaccination mandates served any purpose when we encouraged people to get vaccinated, “that time has come and gone.”

“Now we just punish people for exercising a choice.”

He said that although he was vaccinated himself, he does not want deprive others of the right to work, emphasizing AAustralia’s annual welfare bill is over $200 billion.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet declares end to vaccination mandates – as Ben Fordham applauds decision

Some unvaccinated truck drivers are not allowed to deliver to stores they may still frequent as customers. Pictured are trucks waiting to be loaded

He said that although there are 800,000 people on the JobSeeker payment, the vaccination mandates force more of them into unemployment, when they really want a job.

While public health orders for vaccination mandates have been removed, some government departments and private companies have left them in place.

But some experts now say it’s time to move on.

“The warrants were very important at first to drive uptake, but they have far outweighed their usefulness,” said Dr Nick Coatsworth, Australia’s former deputy chief medical officer.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet declares end to vaccination mandates – as Ben Fordham applauds decision

Dr Nick Coatsworth (pictured) said vaccination mandates ‘have far outlived their usefulness’

“There are very few people who are likely to change their mind now.”

Greg Dore, an infectious disease specialist, said he’s been “a vaccine advocate since day one, but it’s time to move passports and mandates…outside of health care and personal care old”.

In May, there were 2,110 new Covid-19 hospitalizations in New South Wales, with vaccinated people accounting for around 64% of that number.

The reason for this is that 95% of people aged 16 and over in New South Wales have received at least two doses of the vaccine. Thus, the unvaccinated 5% represent 36% of Covid hospitalizations.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet declares end to vaccination mandates – as Ben Fordham applauds decision

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet (right) poses with 2GB’s Ben Fordham (left) at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney on Sunday April 24, 2022. Fordham backed Mr Perrottet’s announcement to end the vaccination mandates in NSW

There were 376 Covid deaths in NSW in May.

Fordham said people shouldn’t be complacent about the virus.

‘Covid is still with us. And the vaccine still helps millions of people manage the virus when they catch it,” he said.

But he pointed out that “if we are sitting in stadiums surrounded by 80,000 foreigners – vaccinated and unvaccinated, why can’t people go to work?

“The longer the (terms) remain, the more we will pay to keep people sitting at home.”

Radio 2GB listeners tell how vaccination mandates have affected them and their families

Ally: ‘My son lost his job in a big supermarket because he is not vaccinated.’

Joel: ‘I work for a trucking company. I’m not vaccinated, which means I can’t deliver to stores – but I can still visit their stores as a customer.

Susanna: ‘The vaccination mandates have crushed my family. My husband had been a taxi driver for 17 years. I worked in a supermarket for 15 years.

Ken: ‘My 25 year old son desperately wants to go back to work in the hospitality industry. It affects his mental health. He loves his job.’

Stella: ‘I worked for a large retail store until November last year. They don’t allow me to work. But I can shop there and they have no problem with that!

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