by Ramon Tomey, Natural News:
Western Australia (WA) Premier Mark McGowan warned that the state’s unvaccinated residents will have a difficult life moving forward. The premier’s statement came ahead of WA lifting stringent border restrictions to curb the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19).
McGowan said on Jan. 10: “If you, for some reason, have not had your first dose yet – my advice would be to make a booking today. Otherwise, life is about to get very difficult for you.” He defended his decision to mandate COVID-19 vaccination by saying that unvaccinated people have a higher chance of being hospitalized for COVID than those fully vaccinated.
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“We know that unvaccinated people are well and truly enormously over-represented when it comes to cases, serious illness, hospitalizations, intensive care presentations and deaths. Far too many resources are being used to care for individuals who would not take the basic steps to care for themselves.”
McGowan promised a long-term vaccine passport system to take effect over the next few days. The new system will cover a wide range of venues – including restaurants and indoor fitness centers. Vaccine passports are also required before WA residents can enter pubs, taverns, hotels and major events with more than 500 participants.
According to the premier, the heightened measures came ahead of the westernmost Australian state’s reopening, with border restrictions set to ease beginning Feb. 5. Starting from that date, fully vaccinated travelers will no longer be required to quarantine themselves if they return a negative COVID-19 test. However, unvaccinated travelers will be prohibited from entering the state.
“This policy will come into force as we move closer to easing border controls,” McGowan said.
As of writing, 86.3 percent of Western Australians aged 12 and older have been fully vaccinated. About 25 percent of those aged 12 to 15 are yet to be injected with the COVID-19 vaccine, while only 10 percent of those between 16 and 49 years old remain unvaccinated.
More than 75 percent of workers in WA – equivalent to more than one million workers – are yet to be fully vaccinated. The substantial percentages of unvaccinated workers have forced the state to impose vaccine mandates for them. (Related: Western Australia now says 75 percent of workforce must get vaccinated for covid… or else.)
McGowan has beef with unvaccinated Aussies
Days earlier, McGowan denounced WA residents who were vehemently refusing to show proof of vaccination. He called these individuals “dropkicks,” a slang term in Australia that means stupid or worthless persons. According to the premier, some venues had been met with angry resistance from those unwilling to disclose their vaccination status, with staff members experiencing rude treatment from affected patrons.
McGowan posted on Facebook: “If you’re asked to show your proof of vaccination, don’t be a dropkick. There is never an excuse to be rude to staff – not now, not ever. It’s not the Western Australian way.” He added that mandating vaccine passports for higher risk venues “means that everyone in attendance is safer.”
“It’s already been rolled out in some other states, and there is no reason WA can’t do it too,” the premier commented.
Last September, McGowan had strong words for health freedom protesters opposing his COVID-19 health measures. He called on the demonstrators, who gathered in the streets of state capital Perth, to “grow a brain.”
“What are they protesting about? I mean, we’re not in lockdown. We’re in a free community [and a] free society. I think they’re just out there because they’re trying to cause trouble. They’re the sort of people who’d like to cause trouble,” McGowan said, dubbing the protesters as “extreme right-wingers.” (Related: Aussie workers take to the street to protest against vaccine mandates.)
The WA premier also took aim at the opposition toward a vaccine mandate for health workers. Some participants at the Perth demonstration disagreed with requiring health staff – including food providers – to get injected with the COVID-19 vaccine. However, McGowan said more occupations would require COVID-19 vaccination over time.
Watch the video below of McGowan running away from health freedom protesters at the town of Manjimup, Western Australia.