Anti-vaxxers have slammed the announcement of free COVID-19 shots for all Australians by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Today, the Morrison Government announced the historic deal with drug giant AstraZeneca to manufacture more than 25 million doses of the successful vaccine from Oxford University if it is safe to use.
Mr Morrison subsequently told 3AW that if distributed in Australia, the vaccine “be as mandatory as you can possibly make it” but that “there are always exemptions on medical grounds”.
“You know where you can stick that vaccine ScoMo!” one reader wrote on Facebook. “Give it to your squad but don’t you dare come near me or my family with that poison!”
Another added, “Death shots here we come. Line up team sheep. Can’t wait.”
Bill Gates was a common theme. “Is this the one from Dr Bill Gates that believes in lowering the world’s population by use of vaccines significantly to help with ‘climate change’?” one reader asked.
Another added, “The grim reaper is in the house. Bill Gates must be rubbing his hands with all the billions of dollars that he will make.”
One said, “Considering Bill Gates is a eugenicist and this fraudulent orchestrated pandemic is all about the UN’s Agenda 21 and depopulation I think I’ll pass.”
Many comments questioned the need for a vaccine given the recovery rate.
“We need a vaccine for a virus that has a 99.5 per cent cure rate, without the vaccine. Let that sink in,” one wrote.
Another person warned “don’t order too many”. “Most people don’t need a vaccine for something that has a 99.96 (per cent) recovery rate and hydroxychloroquine is a much safer alternative,” she said.
The recovery rate in Australia is about 97 per cent.
Public health experts have warned that while a successful COVID-19 vaccine is being developed, large numbers of people who refuse to take one can prevent populations from attaining immunity from the herd.
Health Minister Karen Andrews says people would believe conspiracy theories and reject the vaccine because there is “enormous risk.”
“It’s just beyond the pale and disinformation or misinformation is dangerous and can lead to loss of life,” Ms Andrews told the Herald Sun.
“In my role as Science Minister I’m actually just not prepared to sit there and allow these people to promote pseudoscience.”