Another small step

Covid vaccines are being rolled out to the general public.

News of a new mass Covid-19 vaccination hub in Mt Barker is another small step towards returning to a state of normality.
While still subject to vaccine supply, the hub is expected to deliver almost 500 vaccines a day, a major boost to the region’s immunisation rollout.
About 600,000 vaccines have been delivered across SA since the rollout began earlier this year and this clinic, along with two others at Victor Harbor and Gawler, are expected to help increase those figures, delivering a combined 4500 vaccines a week by August.
Over the past 18 months, Australia has done incredibly well at keeping large uncontrollable outbreaks at bay and preventing the tragically high death tolls that so many other countries have endured.
But few people would have been untouched by the new norm of snap state border closures, social restrictions, and Covid-19 tests and isolation every time they catch a winter sniffle.
Just last week the entire country was reminded of the still very real risk of Covid-19 in our community when several States simultaneously shut their borders and introduced restrictions in an attempt to prevent multiple outbreaks sparked from a single breach at an NT mine.
While swift action saw that risk largely controlled quickly, vaccination is still our best chance of returning to something as close as possible to the old normal.
And while the rollout has so far been fraught with delays, misinformation and vaccine shortages, this new hub is a step in the right direction.
There is an overwhelming desire among the general public to do the right thing – whether that be getting tested when necessary or getting vaccinated.
The Government needs to recognise and acknowledge that and continue to put the infrastructure and services in place to help deliver this vaccine roll out as quickly and smoothly as possible.