Carrie Bickmore has slammed Australia’s coronavirus vaccine rollout amid claims elderly aged care residents are yet to receive the jab.
The Project co-host hit back at assurances by the federal health minister Greg Hunt that ‘100 per cent’ of residents in Victorian aged care facilities had been vaccinated, revealing she had elderly family members still waiting for their second jab.
Aged care residents were among the 11 new cases recorded on Monday, sparking fears lockdown may be extended beyond seven days.
Bickmore became fired up during an interview with Melbourne woman Kate Howard, who revealed her 95-year-old grandmother and other residents at her aged care facility were yet to receive their first dose of vaccine.
‘This makes me so angry,’ Bickmore fumed.
‘We’ve got family in aged care as well waiting for their second doses and it’s taking far too long, especially given what we saw happen last year.’
Ms Howard told the program the family had been lobbying for months for her grandmother to get the jab.
‘She, like the rest of our family, is incredibly keen and we have been keen since the phase 1A rollout was announced in February and we’ve done all that we can to try and make sure she is vaccinated,’ she said
‘We have been emailing since the start of March to try and get some understanding about who’s responsible and, you know, I’m over the politicking of this – I just want my grandmother vaccinated.’
Program co-host Waleed Aly was left stunned by the startling claims.
‘You said something that could potentially be a big story, if I’ve got this right – you are saying in your grandmother’s home no-one has been vaccinated?’ he asked.
Ms Howard replied: They’re waiting on their first dose. I believe less than half of the aged care workers have, off their own bat, gone and got vaccinations but the others are still remaining.
‘That’s extraordinary,’ Aly remarked.
The discussion continued after the interview.
‘It’s so interesting because the Health Minister Greg Hunt today insisted that 100 per cent of facilities in Victoria had had that first dose and, yeah, obviously there’s a discrepancy there, which we will follow up on,’ Bickmore said.
It couldn’t be a more stark discrepancy. That blows me away, so we have to look into that, don’t we?
Aly added: ‘It couldn’t be a more stark discrepancy. That blows me away, so we have to look into that, don’t we?