But it’s her revealing comments that really got my attention…
“Will I publicly be vaccinated? Absolutely. For me it’s all about leading by example,” Ardern told The Project on Friday according to Newshub.
The article goes on to relate the high rate of “vaccine hesitancy” among Kiwis:
“Kiwis are becoming increasingly wary of vaccine safety, a survey released in November found.
In September, a national survey found one in four New Zealanders are hesitant about a COVID-19 vaccine.“
But what REALLY caught my attention were Ardern’s remarks about possible continuation of Lockdown measures after the vaccine rollout.
“She said more evidence needs to come out before decisions about borders and managed isolation facilities are made, like whether vaccinated people can still pass on COVID-19.” Newshub
Two things: Firstly, there are therefore considerable “unknowns” about these vaccines. Surely the whole point of a vaccine is to prevent the disease spreading? There are already supposedly many “carriers” of SARS CoV-2 who are asymptomatic. So the vaccinated hordes could still be essentially asymptomatic carriers? The vaccinated could give the disease to the un-vacc’ed while showing no symptoms? Sounds like motivation by fear to me.
And secondly, this sounds suspiciously like the the “New Normal” could be exactly that: A permanent Lockdown moving through various “alert levels” as and when required.
Anyone thinking that a vaccine rollout will bring an end to isolation facilities, border controls and lockdowns are likely to be very disappointed. Welcome to the New Normal.