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Your views: on vax targets, lockouts and nurses

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Today, readers comment on vaccination and reopening, a closed border and nursing conditions.

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Commenting on the story: ‘We will never be back to pre-COVID’: SA epidemiologist’s warning

When we hear talk about 70-80% vaccinated, that is referring to an average over the whole population. That does not tell the whole story.

There will inevitably be subsections of the population that are much less than 70-80%. If we throw open the doors then they are at serious risk, and as usual it will be the disadvantaged, the unemployed, the homeless, Aborigines, refugees and anyone for whom English is a second language, who will suffer the most.

It is worth repeating: we are not all in the same boat, we are all in the same storm. Some don’t have a boat at all. – John Irving

Commenting on the story: ‘Beyond the pale’: Locked-out resident demands answers on border policy

My wife and I experienced first-hand the problems posed by those wishing to return to SA. The changes in health forms, the lack of information after many phone calls and the generally not knowing. Quite frankly it is a joke.

You sit, as in our case in Broken Hil, not knowing how long you are going to be there. We did not know what to tell our motel as to how long we would be there. We even asked the NSW police and they could not help, however they gave us a phone number that answered nothing. SA Health were useless. – Kevin O’Brien

Commenting on the story: ‘Grave concerns’: SA nurses working double shifts, unpaid overtime

The elephant in the room not mentioned in this expose of nursing practice is SA Health’s propensity to persistently offer nurses and midwives casual or temporary contracts – presumably to keep them anxious about their jobs and thus less likely to be vocal about their compromised situations – for fear of losing their employment.

Surely an employer purporting to treat their workers with respect and appreciation should want to offer prospective nursing and midwifery staff permanent contracts and thus enable them to negotiate with banks and financial institutions with confidence and dignity?

What more must our essential and dedicated midwives endure in order to continue to carry out their professional duties upon which we are so reliant? – Assoc Prof John Svigos

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