Will the COVID-19 pandemic ever end?

Nobody knows. But, most likely, the answer depends on what the main problem now is: the virus, or a bunch of governments, billionaires and corporations using this pandemic as a pretext for something else.

Below are the comments and opinions of the site readers, which until 2022 were left on this page and now, due to their large number, have been relocated here, as the original page wasn't meant to be about this pandemic.

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This is no longer a joke. Soon we won't be able to buy food without handing over our contact details. Thanks to covid, the government found a way to deal with those who want to protect their privacy: starve them to death. In Queensland, from 9 July every supermarket, grocery shop and retail food outlet will have to demand that you use the Check In Qld app or give them your name, address and contact details.
The app Privacy Policy, if you can call it that, says it will send the authorities the location, time and date of your visits; your full name; your phone number; your email address; and information about the technology you used to check in. Nowhere it explains what that "information about the technology you used to check in" includes and what sort of data it can steal from your device. It could easily grab your device ID and other identifying information. This applies to Queensland Check In Qld app, Western Australian SafeWA app, Tasmanian Check in Tas app, and ACT Check In CBR app.
Sadly, it is highly unlikely that this coercion and mass surveillance will be completely removed when the pandemic is over. Coronavirus became a convenient pretext for stripping the population of their privacy, civil rights and freedoms.

Anonymous, Australia, 28 June 2021

To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail. To a government with a surveillance app, everything looks like an excuse for forcing everyone into using it.

Anonymous, 29 June 2021

Queensland check in app is the worst of them. For instance, NSW app asks for your email OR phone number, and keeps data for 28 days. Qld app demands phone AND email, and keeps data for 56 days. And of course no other state or territory decided to bar people from grocery shopping unless they say goodbye to their privacy. And the pandemic is absolutely no justification for this intrusion in Qld, because Qld infection rates are much lower than NSW. It is pure abuse and violation.

Darren, 30 June 2021

We all have to pay with our privacy for the incompetence of our government while they keep stuffing up every step of the pandemic management. The only reason Australia didn't become a covid cesspool is due to its geographic isolation, not because politicians and bureaucrats did anything better than other countries. Instead of securing a safe and effective vaccine and offering it efficiently and with respect for individual privacy, Australian federal and state governments focus on finding new ways and excuses for data-grabbing. Extorting personal information out of the population is the only thing they are quick and good at.

Greg, 1 July 2021

Maybe it's time someone started depicting the state premier like Sean Leahy used to draw Joh Bjelke-Petersen: in a Nazi-style military uniform, with a gun, and crossed bananas swastika on the sleeves?

Anonymous, 1 July 2021

And if you test positive for covid in Queensland, they tend to force you to go to hospital instead of letting people with mild or no symptoms to self isolate at home like all other states do. Don't Queensland covid zealots see that this imprisonment approach only deters people from testing and does more harm than good?

Anonymous, 1 July 2021

As far as I know Qld takeaways and drive though will stay exempt from this contact information collection. So our eating may become less healthy, but we shan't starve to death.

J.E., 2 July 2021

Tyranny is the easiest way paper pushers get to tell everyone else how to live their lives. And covid-19 provided an excellent opportunity.

Anonymous, 4 July 2021

Wait until they mandate that we show a proof of covid vaccination wherever we go. And guess what? They will make it so that it can't be accessed without signing up for mygov.
This whole pandemic has been a perfect chance for the governments to covertly trial how much privacy intrusion, liberty deprivation and personal data abuse the public is willing to tolerate.

Anonymous, 4 July 2021

Yes vaccination passports are a real possibility. Of course they will be digital and will require an app connected to the Australian immunisation register, which is tied to Medicare account, which has to be linked to myGov.
At this stage state and federal governments are herding the public into accepting that everyone 'must' disclose personal information wherever they go. Once people accept that, it will be an easy push to make everyone show their medical/vaccination records too. Beware however that if we let the whole notion of medical privacy become extinct in this pandemic, we will never get it back.

Nathan, 6 July 2021

Check-in GestAPPo. It is no longer a joke or Godwin's law, it's the sad reality.

Anonymous, 9 July 2021

My own experience confirms that it is impossible for an ordinary adult to get a covid vaccine in Australia through state health authorities without booking online and giving them email address and phone number. Which I am not willing to do, because devil only knows where it is going to end up. At the very least all the data is likely to be deposited into the immunisation register, from which it is impossible to delete anything or opt out.

Anonymous, 11 July 2021

Be very careful if you are booking covid-19 vaccine online. Many clinics and medical centres dupe you into making the booking via HotDoc, HealthEngine, 1stGroup sites, etc. So you will be creating an account with a commercial entity and giving your personal and medical information to them, and then your data can be used for advertisement, marketing and financial gain of those businesses and their "partners". Just read Health Engine Privacy Policy. It is outrageous that an official government web site even links to such companies, let alone tells people to actually use those systems!

Greg, 13 July 2021

Great to see that someone put this in such a fine way. For a while I though I was the only one using paper tax returns mainly to avoid giving out my email and phone number. But over time I discovered that many others do the same. And rightly so! Scam calls, emails and text messages pretending to be from the taxation office are too common to be careless.
I'd use myGov and myTax if they didn't demand email address and mobile phone number as mandatory... but they do, so I am still with paper. On paper I can simply leave those fields blank. And then whenever I receive a call or a message from someone claiming to be ATO, I know immediately those are scammers, because I have never given ATO that info. Very simple and effective protection!
Another reason why I leave phone and email fields blank on my tax return is because it says "Your contact details may be used by the ATO...to conduct research and marketing". I DO NOT agree with that at all, but nobody is asking. What's the point of that text anyway if there is no way to say NO or to opt out? What's the alternative? Not to lodge a tax return at all? Really? Can I? By behaving like this the government is basically saying that if some criminal first tells you that he is going to kill/rape/rob you, that makes it Ok.

Anonymous, 23 July 2021

Queensland tyrants updated their restrictions direction. The collection of personal information became mandatory for takeaway. So now the only way to get food without being under surveillance is via drive though. Live on junk\fast food or surrender! Or use home delivery, which means giving personal information to another bunch. And surely this will be barred in a few weeks too. They will continue tearing people's privacy and dignity apart until they have us all microchipped or wearing some tracking device like police ankle bracelets.
Another interesting change is "a person is not required to provide contact information if the person is exercising law enforcement, intelligence, or national security functions on behalf of a government agency". Marvellous! Queensland government, police and secret squirrels exempted themselves, but all normal people have to comply. The government well and truly forgot who pays their salaries and who they are supposed to be working for.

J.E., 23 July 2021

Those Orwellian vaccine passports, linked to the damned myGov and MyHealthRecord... I hope Australia sees sense and we will never have them here, that is if we still live in a fair, free and democratic society.
The naive idiots who support those passports "to get life back to normal" just can't grasp that normal life will be the last thing they will ever get if those passports become a reality. The idiots are too eager to get to a footy match, yoga class and a cafe with almond milk latte that they are ready to forgo their freedoms and human rights. If it was just their rights and their freedoms, they are welcome to do so if they so choose, but they are too selfish and too petty to care that they are also denying freedoms and human rights to everyone else.
The proposed vaccine passports will not be the solution, they will be the first strep in the perpetual medical surveillance, discrimination on the basis of health, and the loss of bodily integrity and autonomy for every citizen. It won't be just one vaccination. I guarantee you it won't stop there. It is a slippery slope. Once the control system is up and running, it will be expanded further. Today it is COVID-19 Delta, in ten years it will be COVID-29 Sigma... and it will require a bunch of booster shots in between. Then the governments will proceed to adding other medical procedures to the mandatory list, not just injections. No prostate exam, no colonoscopy, no pap smear - no holiday, football game or dinner at a restaurant for you! And you will have to show and prove to every government official, petty bureaucrat and cafe owner that you were injected, tested, x-rayed, and had a scope shoved up your ***.
Those who think that this is some conspiracy theory are the very same people who 500 years ago wouldn't believe that the Earth revolves around the Sun, and 2 years ago would not have believed that the whole world could shut down and everyone's human rights will be denied to them until they get injected with a swiftly concocted substance long term effects of which are unknown to science.
There is no evidence that the so-called fully vaccinated are any less likely to spread the virus, only that they are less likely to develop serious symptoms, which means they are actually more likely to continue walking around when sick and infecting others.
This COVID vaccination is still a global medical experiment, and vaccine passports are simply a means of coercion to take part in it. If someone wants to be vaccinated, nobody is stopping them. But they have no right to mandate that everyone else must do the same, or that every vaccinated person should be forced to use a vaccine passport and show their full name, date of birth and medical information on demand. Otherwise if unvaccinated people are denied something or restricted in any way, they should be paying less tax. They already paid for the vaccines and the passports of those who wanted that. This discrimination and abuse must stop now.

Anonymous, 11 August 2021

Beware: there are no legal protections for Check In app data in Queensland. Despite all the promises of Queensland government that the app data will be used only for contact tracing and nothing else, police and other agencies can access it. The app privacy policy and statements are misleading and deceptive, and there is this clause, "information collected using the Check In Qld app may be disclosed to, and used...where the use or disclosure is authorised or required by law". This is a very common clause, but unfortunately the most damaging. It essentially means we have no privacy protections at all. As we already know, during a pandemic the government becomes a law unto itself, therefore it can do and does whatever it wants.

Anonymous, 16 August 2021

Hopefully one important fact doesn't get overlooked in this vaccination debate: vaccine development and production IS A BUSINESS, and an extremely profitable one at present! The companies that make vaccines don't do it pro bono, for the love of humanity. They do it for the benefit of their shareholders.

Derek, 19 August 2021

I had two doses of the vaccine, but there is no way I wish to show a vaccine passport or any other proof of vaccination to some person at every door. It has my identity details (name and date of birth), and my medical information, so it should remains private at all times. That's called a human right to privacy.
If the government decides that people concerned with privacy issues can be barred from living a normal life, I like the idea suggested above: those who are not allowed to go somewhere or do something should pay less tax.

Claire M., 19 August 2021

Those who think that this pandemic will end with two injections are just plain stupid and naive. Those who advocate for vaccine passports thinking that they will be temporary and that's their ticket to freedom are stupid and naive too. I am more than sure that this vaccine will need a booster, and then something else... And the government will use this excuse for keeping QR codes, vaccine passports and other freedom and privacy violations in place forever.

Kay, 20 August 2021

Excellent picture! And I totally agree with the previous comment. Those who think that this war on human privacy and autonomy is temporarily are grossly mistaken. There will be vaccine boosters, then other vaccines, then other medical procedures and checks. Vaccination passports will turn into CCP-style identity card and social credit system. Haven't we learned already that any Australian law allowing increased surveillance, unlimited personal data harvest and human rights disregard is never repealed in this country, it is only made worse over time. Once an atrocious legislation is passed, it is here to stay.

Anonymous, 21 August 2021

Of course there WILL BE vaccine boosters. As I said before, vaccines are a big business. And boosters are another round of massive profits for the makers.
And no, it isn't "free". It is paid for by those who pay taxes.

Derek, 21 August 2021

The vaccination and vaccine passports zealots fail to comprehend that it is not the solution. It is not going to be the end of this virus. It will instead be the beginning of the new virus, the one that destroys human rights and the free democratic society. These vaccine passports will quickly become health passports, then social identity passports. They will be expanded to hold other information about each person, and become a tool for discrimination, persecution, and mass surveillance. Those ignorant, shortsighted people who support the proof of vaccine systems will be responsible for denying the privacy, freedom and equality not only to us all, but also to the generations to come, to their children and grandchildren. The problem is those people don't care about any of it, they just want to get to a pub or a footy match, now!

Anonymous, 25 August 2021

There was an online petition to parliament, which my family signed. We'll see how much effect it has in this supposedly free and democratic country.
"Experimental vaccines being pushed onto the community to enforce Vaccine Passports is unethical. Vaccine Passports create an unprotected inexcusable situation for all aspects of personal and medical freedoms in our country. No member of government that truly cares to deliver in the best interests of their citizens would consider or support Vaccine Passports. Good leaders advocate to protect the rights of their people to be free to make a personal decision about COVID-19 vaccination that will not see them discriminated against or segregated for declining this or any vaccination and making sure they are free from punishment if they choose to say NO. These draconian passports would infringe on peoples' rights and be an invasion in their personal lives opening the door to more tyrannical features being added down the line. We do not want our country to become a two-tiered society that consists of the vaccinated and unvaccinated. Private companies and health agencies should not be able to gain access to the health records of any citizen that in turn is a violation of their civil and human rights. While we defend the right of businesses to operate how they choose, this must NEVER extend to infringing on the inherent rights of anyone to make private and personal medical decisions. Through ensured informed consent every person must make their choice without facing any discrimination, coercion or fear of exclusion. Say NO to medical apartheid in Australia. We therefore ask the House to say NO to digital passports and ban Vaccine Passports/Certificates."

Paul, 30 August 2021

It puzzled me for a long while why so many vaxxi-nazis advocate for vaccine passports. If they believe this vaccine is safe and effective, fine, nothing is stopping them from getting it.
Since this vaccine is not guaranteed to prevent the so-called "fully" vaccinated people from catching the virus and infecting others, the passport push is definitely not about public health and safety. It is also pretty clear why governments would want to bring these passports in: it's a tool of population control and surveillance. But it was mystery why some ordinary people became such rabid supporters of the vaccine passport idea. And suddenly a colleague of mine explained it in an argument. She got jabbed twice, but instead of being happy and content with that, she keeps saying that mandatory vaccine passports are a great idea because they will force everyone to vaccine. And why does she want that so much? Because she is afraid that these new and largely untested covid vaccines may have some long term effects that are not yet known. And she doesn't want to suffer these effects while seeing the unvaccinated people unaffected.
This is sick and crazy, but that's the sort of people who are supporting these proof of vaccination certificates, or vaccine passports, or whatever they will be called.

Anonymous, 11 September 2021

With vaccine passports, it's pretty easy to understand why the govt wants to bring them in. It's a way for the govt to compel everyone to vaccinate and effectively make covid vaccines mandatory, while maintaining that these vaccines are theoretically voluntary. The govt simply wants to shield its ass and avoid being sued or held accountable for any possible harm. If in a few years it turns out these vaccines cause cancer, or dementia, or autism (pun intended), or some other harmful effects, the govt will say, 'Not our fault, you CHOSE to vaccinate! The vaccine wasn't compulsory.'

Steph, 13 September 2021

I am fully vaccinated with Pfizer, but I at all don't like the idea of vaccine passports or de-facto forced vaccinations. I truly believe that each person should be free to choose and free to live their normal lives. If someone wants to feel safe and protected - go and get a vaccine, like I did. But insisting that we should live in a police state and show out identity and medical data at every entrance door is totally moronic. Your children won't thank you for that in 20 years!

David E., 13 September 2021

Numerous incidents and reports already confirmed that covid vaccines DO NOT reliably prevent infection and transmission of the virus, especially delta variant. They do decrease the probability of serous symptoms and deaths, but that only proves the point that vaccination should be a personal choice, not forced or mandated. In addition, vaccinated people are generally more complacent about distancing and hygiene. So the purpose of vaccine passports is to keep everyone under state surveillance. They have nothing to do with protecting anyone's health.

Anonymous, 14 September 2021

I would bet that Covid Check-In apps won't be scrapped even after the states jab 70%, 80% or whatever percent they want!

Tomo, 14 September 2021

It's beyond me why those who want can't get a vaccine without an email address and phone number? What if I don't have them? What if I don't want to use these contacts for medical purposes? What if I am sick of scam and spam? My name, date of birth and Medicare number should be enough for any vaccine. That's unless the govt wants our data more than it wants us to have the vaccine!

Arun, 16 September 2021

As Moderna vaccine is coming to Australian pharmacies, stay away from booking through the Pharmacy Guild of Australia sites www.guild.org.au and www.findapharmacy.com.au. According to their policy, they can use your contact details for marketing and promotional spam. It's a pity that some turn the pandemic emergency and desperation into data abuse for profits, which damages people's trust in pharmacies and vaccination program.

Anonymous, 17 September 2021

Vaccine passports will surely be used as an instrument for forcing people to vaccinate while absolving the government of all responsibility for possible long-term adverse effects of covid vaccines or their future ineffectiveness, because on paper the vaccine will remain elective. You are free to choose not to vaccinate, sure, but you won't be able to live your life unless you get jabbed repeatedly. Just like in the US, first they lied to people that vaccines will not be mandatory, but now they are tightening the noose around the necks of the unvaccinated. This week it's companies with over 100 employments that can fire the unvaccinated, next it will be 50, and so on until even self-employed working from home will be forced to vaccinate, or to test every day so you'll be forced to rock up at testing facilities like a prisoner on parole. Australia will do the same, because Australia loves copying oppressive shit from the US and the UK. We are not going to copy their First Amendment to guarantee and protect freedom of speech. No way. But when it comes to spying on people or controlling them, then we suddenly want to follow the US example.
Rest assured that two jabs won't bring freedom. That's why Australian sate and federal governments want vaccine passports to be app-based. So that they an easily strip you of your "fully vaccinated" status any time later and require that you get injected the third time, then forth, then drop your pants, bend over and have a rectal exam... Simply watch the language of pollies and the news, they are gradually beginning to replace the words "fully vaccinated" with "received two doses". That's how you know you will soon be forced to have the third.

Anonymous, 18 September 2021

Instead of giving everyone a true free choice to vaccinate without creating online accounts, or queueing for hours, or being forced to supply a "unique" phone number and email and then get scammed and spammed, our government is forcing vaccines into people and personal data out of people.

Anonymous, 20 September 2021

Another fully-vaccinated person here. Hopefully really 'fully', for good. I had Pfizer and suffered very painful side effects, but that's beside the point. What I want to say is that despite being vaccinated myself, I am vehemently in favour of voluntary vaccinations and respect the choice of others if they don't want to do it. I am also very much against vaccine passports (and any other form of checks, surveillance and medical apartheid), against the requirement to provide phone numbers or email addresses for vaccinations, and against the pressure to do online booking, to create any sorts of accounts, or to download any apps. Everyone should be given an opportunity to get the vaccine (if they want!) by simply walking in and giving nothing more than their name, medicare card and maybe the date of birth. And then go on and live normal life without being compelled to download some app, sign up for mygov, and produce vaccination record at every entrance or check in everywhere. Otherwise the privacy invasion and infringement of rights are rapidly becoming much greater threats than the virus.

Eddy, 23 September 2021

It is really sickening that people are cornered into booking the vaccination online either with HotDoc, or FindAPharmacy, or some other online booking system. People are paying for this whole vaccination program from their taxes, so why are they forced to give their personal data to third parties just to get a vaccine they already paid for?? Our data is a business asset for those booking services, and we are giving it to them for free. Worse still, our government is forcing us to do it! Who knows where that data is going to end up. It could be transferred overseas, or uploaded into a cloud storage, or used for spam, or stolen, or hacked... The situation is appalling! If the government wants people to vaccinate, they should make vaccines available without the need to sign up for online accounts and to give highly private data to some shonky companies!

Anonymous, 12 October 2021

Although the state government has got its coveted 80% vaccination target, they are still not even beginning to talk about abolishing COVID check ins and surveillance apps!
There is a lot of talk about "opening up", i.e. about taking our money, but there is zero talk about giving people their privacy back.
As most smart people expected, this virus that appeared in 2019 will be used as an excuse for spying on people for years, maybe until 2030. And by then the population will either get used to telling the government where and when they go to the toilet and grocery shopping, or we will simply get another virus of very dubious origins that will warrant this ongoing mass surveillance and deprivation of privacy.

Anonymous, 18 October 2021

Our entire family is vaccinated, but we have truly had enough of this spying check-in app, and none of us will agree to show the proof of vaccination when we go about doing normal daily things. Full name, date of birth and a medical record is not something that a country with strong protections for privacy and human rights would demand to see at every building entrance. But as we all know, Australia is not such country. As a result, we will not go to any place that demands to see our personal data. We don't want to spend our money in a place that acts as a spy for the government. Hopefully that every business that mandates proof of vaccination will lose enough of their customers to learn to respect people's privacy.

Anonymous, 19 October 2021

Even though voting at the state and federal elections only replaces one privacy-abusing government with another, luckily we still can vote with our feet and our wallets. If you are against vaccine passports, avoid the businesses and companies that require them! By making the decision where to spend your money you are casting a vote for the kind of country you want to live in!

Anonymous, 19 October 2021

A paper vaccine certificate wouldn't be so bad if you don't allow anyone to photocopy it, only to have a look at it. But those digital passports are crap. They require signing up for myGov and Medicare, then signing up for Apple or Google account, then downloading an app which will sure be tracking and stealing and sharing user data. It is really annoying how some politicians and bureaucrats are saying that paper certificates are inferior because they can be forged. There are apps that forge covid check-ins and digital vaccination certificates too! These people either have no idea what they are talking about, or are pushing the government agenda to get everyone to sign up for myGov and other online crap.

Rory, 20 October 2021

Rory, I suspect the govt is peddling digital vaccine passports because they have cunning plans to either mandate boosters at a later stage or add other medical procedures. So they don't want to be replacing the paper certificates that say you used to be considered FULLY vaccinated. That would cause too much pushback and protest from the people who though they were already done with this shit. But digital passports can be changed by the govt unilaterally, at any time, without any interaction with you. Today your phone says you are 'fully vaccinated', and tomorrow suddenly 'nope!' go get injected again or have swabs shoved into your body orifices.

Eddy, 21 October 2021

The earlier commenters were right. Now we hear about boosters. And I think it would be totally unethical to start coercing the general fully vaccinated population into having covid vaccine boosters when more than a half of the people on the planet haven't been vaccinated at all. I hope the covid fascists amongst our governments and the medical pen pushers will not try to make the third dose mandatory. Offering it optionally to the vulnerable people is fine, if they want it, but demanding that the rest of us get injected with this crap again is totally unacceptable. Of course vaccine manufacturers are going to say we need boosters. That's how they keep their multi billion business going.

Anonymous, 26 October 2021

If I had known that the government will start pushing boosters, I'd have never had any of this vaccine in the first place. What's the point? I don't care about the virus if I have no freedom or privacy. But now it looks like will never be truly fully vaccinated. We will never be free. We will never be able to go anywhere without the big brother watching. The government is clearly intending to treat us like lab rats forever. Well I have learned my lesson. I won't believe any promises about freedoms and getting our life back to the way it was before 2019. It's not going to happen no matter how many times we get jabbed.

Anonymous, 28 October 2021

If WHO had any brain or authority, they would focus on giving the vaccine to the poorer countries instead of letting our governments keep sticking needles into us for the umpteenth time. The third world is almost totally unvaccinated. Which means the virus will keep spreading and turning into new variants there. Eventually it will turn into a variant that these vaccines don't cover. And we'll be back to square one with covid-22.

Anonymous, 28 October 2021

I don't want to hear about any boosters until they vaccinate children of all ages. Why should I be forced into having the third injection while some bogans and religious fruitcakes with five or ten unvaccinated brats keep spreading the disease all the while living on welfare paid with my tax money?

Anonymous, 31 October 2021

Boosters? No bloody way!
I am not willing to fund this perpetual enrichment of vaccine manufactures with my taxes. Two shots done, and that's it. End of story. If this shit doesn't work even after two shots, we shouldn't be given it in the first place.
I had plenty of terrible side effects after the two shots. Enough already! Fully vaccinated means F.U.L.L.Y. Full f*cking stop!

S.A., 1 November 2021

From the beginning my concern has been, will the restrictions brought in under the guise of COVID be removed once the pandemic is over? It looks like they will not. In Australia, powers taken are never given up.

Anonymous, 4 November 2021

Remember, remember the Fifth of November...

Anonymous, 5 November 2021

Same problem in Western Australia. The government keeps finding excuses for keeping everyone locked in and under control. First we were promised freedom of travel at 80% vaccination rate, then at 90%. Now that's not good enough either. Now it's 90% vax rate PLUS two covid tests for being able to travel like a normal human being. And of course those tests won't be anonymous on-the-spot tests. They will require a form full of your personal data and they will get to grab your DNA sample. We already had police misusing covid app data. What is there to stop anyone from misusing the tests?
It looks like it doesn't matter how many new treatments, tests and vaccines are invented. It doesn't matter if the chance of dying from covid is 0.001%. If there is any pretext for keeping people under surveillance, the government will do that.

Ole, WA Australia, 6 November 2021

My point precisely Ole! Covid doesn't tend to kill anyone who is totally healthy. The people who die from/with covid are those who already have other serious health issues. So covid only advanced their death, not causes it. It is sad of course. But more devastating is that our government refuses to see things in any perspective. For example there are thousands of Australians whose death had been or will be advanced by the inhalation of coal dust thanks to extensive coal mining. Yet the government doesn't care about those premature deaths. On the contrary it is constantly attempting to expand coal mining, which by the way will leave Australia with a collapsed economy in 10-20 years, which will cause more health care cuts and lead to more deaths from many other causes.
So why is the government so concerned with covid deaths and doesn't care about coal-caused deaths?
1. Coal brings money (for now). Covid doesn't.
2. Coal doesn't give the government the excuse and the powers to put everyone under surveillance, control everyone's movements, and take away everyone's rights and freedoms. Covid does.
Our long-term health and well-being are not a consideration at all.

Anonymous, 8 November 2021

So when are these spying covid check in apps going to be scrapped? First we were promised normal life when vaccination rates reach 70%. We got there and got bugger all. Then the promises were moved to 80%. Got there and... bugger all again. Now they're talking about 90%. Let's guess, we'll get to 90%, and still won't get our privacy and freedom back. The authorities show no desire to abolish this tracking of the whole population. They will cling onto every pretext to keep this surveillance forever.
Let's call things by their real names. It's no longer covid19 pandemic. It's mass surveillance and personal data harvest pandemic. The government has got the most encompassing way for continuous collection of personal data and mass surveillance. They grab a whole lot of identity and contract information on so many occasions: covid tests, vaccine booking, vaccinations, QR check in apps, travel permits, vaccination passports and certificates, quarantine house arrests, etc etc etc. Combined with the tracking by the check in apps, precise location tracking in quarantine and facial recognition, it is surveillance and control on an unprecedented scale. And the worst thing, they are not planning on winding this back.

Anonymous, 11 November 2021

So what did we get injected with that pfizer shit for?? We are still living like in prison!! Tweaking square metres per person in a pub is not "removing restrictions"!! When the gov stop tracking us with their qr codes and forcing people into tests and quarantines, then we can call it removing restrictions.

Anonymous, 16 November 2021

As the attendance tracking apps with QR codes are now mandated by every state and territory, they became a part of the most extensive mass surveillance operation on Australian soil. Yet the laws that protect personal data are weak, vague, inadequate, and in some states non-existent. For example, Queensland still hasn't introduced the laws that would ban unauthorised access to that data. But then, what else can we expect from the state that practises forced hospitalisations of everyone who tests positive?
To have any public trust and cooperation, the whole country must have uniformed laws:
The collected personal information must be limited to the minimum necessary for achieving the stated legitimate purpose.
The data collected under the pandemic pretext must never be used for anything else or combined with any other data. No if-s, no but-s. No exceptions for police, ASIO and the rest of that wonderful bunch.
This data must be securely stored in Australia.
All pandemic-related apps and other software must be open source.
This data must be completely and irreversibly deleted once it is no longer needed for the purpose it was collected for, including all data from QR-code check in apps and vaccine status certificates.
All surveillance systems and tools must be dismantled when the state of emergency has been lifted.
The state of emergency must not continue beyond what's absolutely medically necessary.
There must be severe punishments for the governments and their employees for breaching these laws. There also must be severe penalties for employers, business operators and anyone else who abuses any data from covid tests, vaccine certificates or contact tracing apps.
Individuals must have the right to sue for breach of their privacy. Otherwise, the governments will continue do as they please without any repercussions.
And these have to be legislation/laws, not regulations. Because regulations can be changed by any minister at any time, while legislation changes must go through the parliament, which is the foundation of democracy.

Anonymous, 17 November 2021

Here we go... Cignpost (Express Test) has been caught using COVID test swabs together with personal and demographic information for human DNA extraction, "to learn more about human health, develop drugs and products or to sell information to third parties." In addition, their policy states that the data is retained indefinitely, so you can't delete it even if you wanted! Is it just sickening that such companies profit from being allowed to conduct a government-mandated test and then double-dip by collecting and selling your personal and biometric data!

Anonymous, 19 November 2022

It is unbelievable that Queensland government is still trying to pretend that their spying QR-code Chek-in app and the forced imprisonment of infected people in hospitals are for public health benefit. If any new covid variant mutates to evade vaccines, the only thing that can save the majority of population from the high risk of getting terribly sick or dying is the exposure to the variant of the real virus for which the vaccines do work. Covid vaccines target only a small portion of the virus particle, so if the virus develops a mutation in that portion, we are all back to the deepest part of the shit creek. So, while the vaccines still work, we need to get the real virus and develop the immunity for the rest of it. All covid restrictions and spying must stop intermediately. That is of course if the government's agenda is health, not the spying and control. If however they want to keep people under surveillance and force everyone to be injected with a new vaccine every 3 months, then of course the status quo will continue.

Anonymous, 2 December 2021

The news: "Pfizer says booster shot of its vaccine protects against omicron variant". Yeah, sure! That's how they keep raking huge profits. Just keep saying that we need yet another dose of this crap for every new variant. Third booster, fourth booster... This will never end because vaccine manufacturers don't just want one-off win. They want perpetual profits.

P.H., 8 December 2021

Everyone must have boosters, says the vaccine manufacturer. Oh wait, aren't they the same mob that had some of the highest criminal fines in history for manipulating safety data? - Yes, but sure this time it's different! *facepalm*

Anonymous, 8 December 2021

Of course it's different! (>_<) This time they made unprecedented billions. And every booster brings them more billions. Enough to buy any TGA and any government of any country.

P.H., 8 December 2021

Hear, hear! I'm f*ing sick of this flip-and-backpedal vaccine game!! First the govt said the vaccine would be voluntary, then they forced everyone to get it. Then they promised that "if you're double vaccinated, you're fully vaccinated" and that boosters would be optional for "additional protection" only. But now they the are beginning to push for the third dose as "highly recommended". Just wait a couple of months and they will make it mandatory.
I was stupid and naive to believe them that if I get my two doses I will be a free person again. Now I see that this mass control and surveillance game will never end. I no longer trust a single word the government and the medical paper pushers say. F*k them all. Liars. If I lose my job because I don't have the 127th booster, fine. I'll live off my savings for as long as I can, which means these government liars will get zero income tax money from me for their salaries. And I will have to severely cut all my spendings, so their precious economy will get as little as possible. I don't want to feed the system that treats my rights, my freedoms and my body like shit.

Anonymous, 9 December 2021

Why would you trust a bunch of clowns who keep moving the goalposts? 70%, 80%, 90%, one jab, two jabs, booster jab, double booster jab... It will never end, that is clear.

P.H., 9 December 2021

So is the government trying to convince the unvaccinated that these vaccines are so damn good that they should definitely get injected, whilst at the same time trying to convince the vaccinated that the vaccines aren't that good so they must to get a booster???

Anonymous, 9 December 2021

I wish I wasn't so gullible. I have been crippled by Moderna for 8 weeks now. Terrible chest pains, nerve and muscle pains along the injected arm, varicose veins on my legs, migraines and blurry vision... I was forced to get this vaccine in order to keep my job, but now I am unable to work! No way am I taking a booster! I prefer to lose my job, not the rest of my health.
I am in my early 30s and have never had any health issues before. However, when I went to doctors, they dismissed my complaints as related to the vaccine, so I couldn't get a medical exemption for any busters that may be forced upon us in the future.

Anonymous, 9 December 2021

Same story with me, only after Pfizer. Sudden loss of sharpness of vision, especially in the near distance, heart palpitations and persistent chest pain that severely worsen every evening, and my leg veins all bulged out. I was in perfect health before the vaccine, but because I cannot prove it, the doctors refuse to take it seriously and won't give me an exemption from boosters. They say that because I am 40, my vision loss is due to presbyopia. Bullocks! I had perfect eyesight until two hours after the vaccine when I developed horrendous pressure in my temples and lost the ability to focus close. My eyes are the most important part of my body for my work. This vaccine basically wrecked my life. But no one wants to hear that any of this is caused by the vaccines. You are confused, hysterical, or faking it, etc, etc. Most doctors will spin you any yarn that your sudden health problems are caused by anything but the vaccine.

Anonymous, 10 December 2021

+1 here, with sudden blurred vision, varicosis, and chest pain post Pfizer. And I know at least 4 people who had similar side effects. Same shit with doctors: nobody believes that all this was sudden after the first dose and got worse after the second. I reckon none of this gets reported to the TGA. Or if it does, they flush the reports down the toilet.

Cal, 10 December 2021

Yeah, the governing mob keep saying that they don't know, that they are learning as the situation unfolds, and that's why they have to keep breaking their promises. Though the lack of knowledge doesn't preclude them from controlling our lives, locking us up, kicking us out of our jobs, mandating vaccinations and boosters, and insisting that these vaccines are "safe". We are just expected to drop our pants and bend over every time this mob comes up with a new idea.

Anonymous, 12 December 2021

Going to doctors with complaints about vaccine side effects and trying to get an exemption is pretty pointless. The majority of doctors do what the state heath system tells them. If you keep insisting that Pfizer damaged your eyes, you won't get exempted from booster jabs. All that you will achieve is that the same state health fascists who forced you to have the vaccine will take your driver's licence away.

Anonymous, 13 December 2021

I just can't understand how the governments of rich countries are allowed to think about covid booster vaccines while totally ignoring worldwide vaccine equity. In poorer countries so many people, including health workers, die or live with a huge risk of severe illness because they haven't had a single dose of any covid vaccine! The only way to prevent new variants like Omicron is to decrease the virus activity everywhere on the planet. Otherwise we will inevitably get a variant that the vaccines do not protect from. I was lucky not to have severe adverse effects from the two doses of Pfizer, but I will flat out refuse to have any boosters on ethical grounds.

Tina, VIC Australia, 15 December 2021

Talk about the govt clowns moving the goalposts... First they promised that 2 jabs were "a very effective protection". Then they started talking about the need for a booster after 6 months. Then it became 5 mounts, then 4, now it's 3. What's next? Put that vaccine concoction into an intravenous drip, hook everyone up and carry it around???
Why don't they just admit that vaccines are not the solution, and instead focus the resources on developing the drugs that would quickly and safely help those who do get seriously sick, and let the rest of the population acquire natural immunity to this virus just like we've been doing with flu for centuries?

Anonymous, 26 December 2021

Good question, why! And the answer is because that would mean the loss of the perfect pretext for tracking everyone via QR-scanning apps, harvesting everyone's personal data via vaccination hubs, obtaining everyone's DNA via Covid testing, controlling everyone's movements via travel restrictions, and having the ability to lock anyone up in quarantine.

P.H., 29 December 2021

Of course those clowns can't be trusted! Whatever they promise today will be twisted tomorrow. Now Western Australia decided to play a dictatorship state and mandate the third jab despite just recently saying that it's not mandatory. This mass rape will never end if we don't say ENOUGH! NO MORE!

Zoe, 29 December 2021

I hope that Western Australians now realise what sort of rabid dictators they got themselves installed in the last election. With no opposition they behave like fascists and mandate whatever they want whenever they want.
Could you imagine that you paid off your house margate in full. But in 5 months the bank comes back and says, "We changed our mind. Now you have to pay another 50%". And then in a few months they do it again. And again. Would you tolerate that? Would you just keep paying???

Anonymous, 31 December 2021

If Australia was a civilised country, somebody would already sue the government for making additional vaccines mandatory. Especially if the person has a paper copy of the vaccination certificate. The online record or app data can be amended by the government whenever they want, but the paper forever says "COVID-19 certificate: This individual has received ALL required COVID-19 vaccinations". Certificates are matter-of-fact documents, they don't get changed unless the information in them is incorrect. That's why the same government would refuse to change your birth certificate if you change your name after marriage, because at the time of your birth that was your correct last name. So the government should be sued either for issuing documents with intentionally incorrect information, or for refusing to honour its own certificates.

Anonymous, 2 January 2022

Sadly that won't work in Australia. We have both the state and the federal governments for a reason. So that they both can grab our tax money and kick us about, but in the event of any responsibility they simply point the finger at each other.

The certificate was issued by the Australian Immunisation Register, which is run by the federal government, but the third booster was mandated by the sate. Neither of them cares about your rights, freedoms, or about keeping their promises and maintaining law consistency. All they want is power, and they've got it. Now more than ever before, thanks to the pandemic.

P.H., 4 January 2022

The appalling situation with visa cancellation of the international tennis players just proves once again that COVID-19 rules and restrictions have nothing to do with protecting anyone's health. It's all about the government seizing the opportunity to play a tough guy and to control people. Nothing else matters. Vaccines are useless because you will have to have countless booster jabs and still have to check in with spying QR apps and do PCR tests. Tests are useless too, because even if you test negative, you can end up with a cancelled visa and be locked up in quarantine. It's all just a pretext for the government to track you and hoover your personal data on an everyday basis. And of course both affected tennis players are 'coincidentally' from Eastern European countries. This unscrupulous government feels most comfortable mistreating those people. They can't play the racial card, but they are never treated the same way as American and Western European citizens are. Australian international reputation is already in tatters. Soon nobody will want to have anything to do with us: neither in military defence (see the submarine debacle), nor in climate change... And now not even in sport! I no longer want to be a part of any of this appalling, embarrassing mess. I won't have any vaccine boosters or do any more tests. If we don't let this government know that we've had enough, we will be treated like shit forever.

Anonymous, 7 January 2022

True, the current Liberal federal government is an embarrassment with their f*ck-ups with submarines, and with climate policy, and with tennis players. But imagine if we had a Labor federal government right now. We would probably have tracking microchips implanted for covid contact tracing and be chained to vaccination syringes! Look at what Labor do at the state level under the guise of this pandemic: new pandemic laws in VIC, forced third covid vaccine in WA, forced hospitalisations for all positive cases in QLD until they chocked on the omicron variant. Just wait and see what else they do to trample down our rights, freedoms and bodily autonomy.

P.H., 9 January 2022

This country is a disgrace. Such abhorrent treatment of Novak Djokovic just because a bunch of politicians thought that his presence would tarnish the glory of their toxic vax conveyor, that because of his example more people would refuse to have booster jabs of this "safe and effective" vaccine. Which of course is neither safe (because a huge percentage of people have terrible side effects), nor effective (because it sort of works for a few months and then you have to have another booster again!). If they had let Novak Djokovic stay and play, I might have caved in and gotten a booster if there were any guarantees that the third vaccine would be THE LAST. But now no way! No more of this toxic shit for me! This kangaroo court case has proven that these power&politics games have nothing to do with public health.

Trish, 16 January 2022

Queensland gov still insists that we must use their check-in app. There are like 20 thousand new cases every day while they can only trace for covid connections about a thousand per day. They accumulated about quarter of a million 'still under investigation' cases and then removed that info from the government site in hopes that nobody will notice and call them out on this! It's so obvious that this app is not for covid tracing. Just for the gov to spy who goes where. It's preposterous! Even if they could trace all those people, what would they do with a quarter of a million infected? Lock them all up, together with their friends and families? Really???

Anonymous, 18 January 2022

First, there were just restrictions.
Then, restrictions + face masks.
Then, restrictions + face masks + lockdowns.
Then, restrictions + face masks + lockdowns + tests.
Then, restrictions + face masks + lockdowns + tests + spying app on the phone.
Then, restrictions + face masks + lockdowns + tests + spying app on the phone + 2 vaccines.
Then, restrictions + face masks + lockdowns + tests + spying app on the phone + 2 vaccines + booster.
Now it's restrictions + face masks + lockdowns + tests + spying app on the phone + 2 vaccines + booster + new laws permitting the government do this infinitely.
What's next?

This pandemic is getting crazier and crazier, and will continue doing so until people stop listening. Unfortunately, if governments push people's patience too far, when it snaps, it will be a very nasty situation.

I stopped at 2 vaccines. At the time, the government promised it would mean "fully vaccinated". To me, a promise is a promise, and fully means fully. Full stop.
As somebody said above, if someone borrows a certain sum from a bank, then fully pays it back, but then half a year later the bank says that person must pay 50% more, nobody would tolerate that. There would be a riot. Unfortunately, people are very vigilant when it's about money, but can be very slack when it's about their rights and freedoms. Even though rights and freedoms are much more precious than any money. People used to fight and die for that in the past.

Of course, it's impossible to fight these days, but I am not going to let anyone exploit me either. I can tell the difference between a government trying to do a reasonable thing to protect public health and a government using a pandemic as a pretext for mass surveillance and power abuse.

A century ago, a very similar pandemic was over in 2 years, even though medicine barely had anything more than castor oil and bandages. Today, we have all the modern drugs and technology, and yet 2 years later we have the same pandemic still getting worse. Why? Because the governments of richer countries prefer to use the pandemic for their political games instead of giving 2 vaccine shots to everyone in poor countries. If they had done that half a year ago instead of forcing us into having boosters, there would have been no omicron and no new wave that we currently have. But, as things are, we will be forced into having vaccine boosters forever. Well...until people's patience runs out.

Anonymous, 19 January 2022

I had covid 2 months before getting the vaccine. Covid was just a few coughs and sneezes for a few days. The vaccine on the other hand caused very, very unpleasant and painful conditions. As the old saying goes, the cure is worse than the disease. And worse. Because this vaccine is not even the cure. It's a temporary fix helping politicians score political points and vaccine manufacturers make billions.

Anonymous, 27 January 2022

If these vaccine boosters are not deemed to be safe or recommended for children, they shouldn't be forced onto the rest of the population either!!! I am not going to poison myself again with this dreadful vaccine with progressively worsening adverse side effects while the unvaccinated underage brats are allowed to run around and keep spreading the virus.

Anonymous, 2 February 2022

Just pray that the Labor party doesn't win the federal election. Judging by what they've done in WA and VIC, those COVID dictators will make boosters mandatory for everyone and keep poisoning us until we die.

Noah, 7 February 2022

Isn't "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results" a definition of insanity? Same with these infinite mandatory boosters. Only insane governments would mandate that people get injected with the same concoction over and over again and expect that on the gazillionth attempt is will finally solve anything.
The freaking idiots simply don't want to let go of their power. People only need two vaccines (maybe three for the immunocompromised), and then get exposed to the real virus (preferably mildly), so that everyone develops a broader immunity, against the whole covid virus, not just one tiny part of it that these vaccines target. In the meantime all the extra vaccine doses should be sent to other countries that still need to give two doses to each of their residents. But of course, as many have already said, this farce is not about protecting anyone's health. It's pure power and politics games.

Liam T., Ph.D. (Biochemistry & Cell Biology), 8 February 2022

Thank you for an excellent idea for a cartoon!

The most annoying thing is the total absence of balance in the vaccine and booster debate. Actually, there isn't any debate. It's nothing but mandates and coercion, "you must, must, must". Adverse reactions and side effects are dismissed and under-reported, while these ghastly vaccines are touted as safe and effective. Like hell they are! But it is totally pointless to complain unless you have anaphylaxis and drop dead right at the vaccination abattoir. Whatever health problems and complaints you have afterwards will be ignored as 'normal' or dismissed as being caused by something else. Age, other health conditions, weather, star alignment...anything but the vaccines.

Anonymous, 11 February 2022

I totally agree regarding the definition of insanity! It is insane that the governments are allowed to keep violating our bodily autonomy with these vaccine boosters that are clearly ineffective and only work for a short period of time. That's if they work at all!
I suspect that:
- Either these vaccinations and boosters have been the easiest way for the governments to appear to be doing something without actually doing much. They don't care about the horrific side effects some people have to suffer after these vaccines. All they care about is winning elections. It's a numbers-and-illusions game: if more people believe that they benefit from boosters, those who don't want to be injected forever and those who have adverse effects don't matter to politicians.
- Or someone high up the vaccine profits chain "persuaded" a few advisory organisations into keeping recommending vaccine boosters indefinitely. After all, one only needs to convince a couple of such organisations in the richest and largest countries. The rest, like the bureaucrats at ATAGI, would just repeat what the big cousins said. It's quite simple, really. If two vaccine doses were enough once and for all, the profits for the vaccine manufacturers would soon cease. And they surely don't want that to happen! This would also explain why mandating countless booster jabs in richer countries was favoured over giving the two first doses in poorer countries, despite the fact that having poorer countries largely unvaccinated would inevitably lead to the emergence of new covid variants - that's how omicron came to be. It's all about money and power, not about health and safety, and definitely not about human rights and freedoms!

Anonymous, 12 February 2022

Covid vaccines are definitely not as safe as we're led to believe. Adverse effects are grossly underreported and/or dismissed.
I dare anyone who had nasty after effects from any covid vaccine to contact the vaccinator or the responsible government authority. 99% chance you'll be told that it's normal, even if you have excruciating pain, developed a long-term ailment, or had your lifestyle destroyed, OR you will be told that some other underlying condition is to blame, no matter how perfectly healthy you were before getting the vaccine, OR they would pretend that they took your complaint seriously but in reality they wouldn't pass it further.
The scale of the propaganda machine is astonishing. Most online media outlets delete or won't allow negative comments about these vaccines. And those sites that permit honest comments get removed or down-ranked in search engines like google, so that people have hard time finding this information. Try googling 'terrible side effects of covid vaccine'. All you'll get is state-run propaganda about how safe and wonderful these vaccines are! Now ask real people in person. You'll get very different stories.

Anonymous, 13 February 2022

I have bad and ongoing effects from two doses of Moderna. And I definitely don't want to be pressured into having any boosters. I have developed debilitating pain in my arm radiating from the injection site, and visibly disfiguring varicose veins appeared on my legs. The veins appeared within a few days after the vaccine, but the doctor doesn't want to accept that the vaccine is to blame. The arm pain began within an hour after the injection, so it can't be so easily discarded as not related to the vaccine, but the doctor looks at me like I am exaggerating, offers nothing but painkillers, says that such effects are rare and mild, and I am pretty sure he is not going to report this crippling effect to anyone responsible. Otherwise the 'rare and mild' mantra would have had come to an end by now.
I realise that I will have live with this pain and disfigurements while the bureaucrats will keep ticking their boxes and getting their salaries. But I would like to thank you for allowing comments from sufferers on your page. Most media have united in their efforts to silence any negative comments about vaccines. Anyone who complains about effects and opposes mandatory vaccine boosters is accused of being an anti-vaxxer despite already having had two injections that have caused the problems in the first place(!), of being a conspiracy theorist, and of spreading fake news. Most negative comments and reviews get deleted, making sure that victims don't get heard. It really begins to feel like we are being raped and gagged. So thank you again for allowing people to say how they feel. It won't cure the physical pain, but it greatly helps with coping psychologically. My very best wishes to you. Take care.

Sarah, VIC Australia, 14 February 2022

Thank you. If being able to have your message published here helped you feel at least a bit better, I am glad. This website, of course, is not a big platform, but it's the best I can offer, and it is clearly visited and read by a number of people who share your experience. Personally, I do too. That is why while I don't support the nonsense about vaccines putting tracking devices into people's bodies, I can well relate to your grievances. For I have a first-hand experience with adverse post-Pfizer effects, and with being dismissed. When I tried to describe the effects to the vaccination provider, I was swiftly interrupted and told that it's all perfectly normal, mild and even good because it proves that the vaccine is working. However, when I demonstrated that it wasn't normal, or mild, and certainly not good, the provider's narrative quickly flipped to being very sure that it wasn't caused by the vaccine. It was pointless to continue that discussion, because it was impossible to prove anything, as when the issues appeared after the second Pfizer dose, we all believed that it was the last injection and the we would be fully vaccinated from then on. Rushing in that state to doctors, in the midst on delta outbreak, to get it documented seemed dangerous and unnecessary at the time. Naive, we didn't know then that the authorities will keep changing their mind and altering the terms and requirements, that soon there would be no such thing as "fully vaccinated".

Only equitable vaccine distribution between all countries, not booster shots, can end this pandemic. But that means the governments of rich countries have to let go of population control and tools of coercion, which few of them are willing to do.

Anonymous, 14 February 2022

Delta variant hasn't taught the world anything, has it? Over-protecting the population of rich countries at the expense of the rest of the world is a dumb loser game. We will just get more transmission, more variants, and more mandate-another-boster solutions. And then one day these boosters won't be enough to protect those selfish boosted cowards from the new covid variants that will emerge in unvaccinated countries.

Anonymous, 15 February 2022

Exactly! Every booster jab in a high income country is a dose that could have gone to someone who hasn't got any vaccine at all!

Anonymous, 15 February 2022

It looks like there is no point in taking these vaccines anymore. All you get is side effects, some of which last longer than the protection this vaccine is supposed to provide! The varicose veins that this vaccine caused on my legs are still there, yet the government will soon take my "fully vaccinated" status away just because some paper-pusher at ATAGI decided that we now need 3 boosters! So instead of "fully vaccinated" I'll become "overdue", as if it's owed! This is ridiculous! I'm not getting injected with any more of this faulty crap that gives only small temporary protection against covid but permanently damages my body elsewhere.

O., 16 February 2022

Well noted Sarah. Another common fob off is to be told that these side effects are 'rare'. Is that supposed to make me feel good if am I one of those people for whom the vaccine was worse than covid? Even if the side effects were rare, which they aren't!, that simply means the suffering of the affected people doesn't matter. As long as the system gets its way, the individuals don't matter. The system only cares about big numbers. You and I are nothing to it.

Anonymous, 16 February 2022

If the true goal was to end the pandemic, not to give governments an excuse for tightening regulations and restricting human freedoms, we would need to end the bulk of the global transmission. This means giving the first and the second vaccine doses to everyone around the world. But of course that doesn't serve the true agenda of the control-hungry governments of the richer countries. So instead we'll forever be forced to have boosters. Which of course won't end the pandemic, it will kick the problem further down the path, meanwhile giving the governments more time for new anti- human rights laws.

Anonymous, 17 February 2022

ATAGI is the bane of our existence. Someone really should fire that whole bunch. We are in this shitcreek with boosters now only because a few months ago some ATAGI f*ckwit said that we must have the first two vaccine doses 3 weeks apart. It has never been designed for such spacing. It should have been months apart. That's why they are now whinging about 'waning immunity' and mandating boosters. All to cover up their f*ck up. They botched the vaccination program but we are now forced to be injected with this toxic concoction again and to pay for all that with our taxes. When will we learn that bureaucRATS do what's best for them not for the people???

Anonymous, 18 February 2022

It does look pretty pointless to have the booster. Useless really. Nobody is promising that 3 jabs is going to be 100% enough. Already many countries instead of saying that you need 2/3/X jabs, say that your last jab has to be not more than 5/6/9 months ago. So getting a booster now achieves nothing. Except that you'll be pressured to have the next booster sooner.

Lee, 18 February 2022

Lee, the solution is easy: don't go to those countries. Why would you want to take your tourist money to the countries with governments that forcibly place foreign objects and substances into your body? That's rape!
Travel to the countries that respect your personal choice to have as many or as few vaccines or boosters as you decide.

Anonymous, 18 February 2022

To answer your header question, when will COVID-19 pandemic end, the answer is:
in a country like Australia that is predominantly populated with gutless funks it will never end.
Only in the countries where people are strong enough to stand up for their rights and refuse further booster vaccines the authorities have no choice but to end this pandemic and the perpetual boosters farce.

Max, Australia (unfortunately), 20 February 2022

boosters in rich countries = no vaccines in poor countries = more new covid variants = more boosters in rich countries = pandemic forever.
Not that the Australian government or ATAGI would care. None of them lost their job during the pandemic.

Anonymous, 20 February 2022

Of course it's bloody obvious that two vaccines would be enough if most people on the planet could have them. But the big problem is not the virus anymore. It's greed, political idiocy and thirst for control over population. No vaccine can cure these.

Anonymous, 20 February 2022

You know what's really funny?
I am not allowed to enter any restaurant or cafe. Not even for a few seconds for takeaway. Because this government is sure I am so f*ing dangerous and infections due to being unvaccinated. But the same government has no problem with summoning me for jury duty. Somehow it is fine and safe for me to sit in a room with dozens of people for days or maybe even weeks. Am I not infectious out of a sudden in the court building!!?? We must have a very special covid variant in Australia. It goes rampant in restaurants, pubs and stadiums, but absolutely refuses to enter courts. Hahaha

Anonymous, 20 February 2022

In Queensland their qld.gov.au site still says:
you are still considered "fully vaccinated" if you had 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
But they'll most likely change that soon, once they get more people to do two jabs. Just like all other states backpedal on their promises all the time. So I'm not even going to start. There's no point.

Anonymous, 22 February 2022

Yes. The current official Queensland definition: "Fully vaccinated means a person has had the required two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine. It does not include a booster shot or a two-week wait after the second dose." Who know for how long though. It can be changed anytime. Can't trust the goverment with their ATAGI and so-called "health experts" anymore.

Anonymous, 22 February 2022

Enough of this pandemic already... The chance of dying from covid is less than 1/1000. A fatal car accident is more likely. Shall we close all roads and ban all cars? Ah no...of course not... Because there is a lot of money is rego and licence fees and a lot of personal data in driver licences.

T. Y., 28 February 2022

The extent of disinformation and contradictions about these vaccines that emanates from the health authorities is astonishing.
On the one hand they say these vaccines are safe and effective.
But if they are so very safe, why aren't they given to children under 5? All the truly safe vaccines are given to children, including newborn babies. Yet these experimental covid vaccines aren't. Do you smell a rat? I certainly do!
Obviously the authorities want the adult population be the free guinea pigs while the children will continue spreading the virus, as they do with all other infections. Because hurting adults is fine. Hurting kiddies is a no-no. It would be a political suicide.
Then, if these vaccines are so very effective, why do we need their never ending boosters? Something really doesn't add up in this spin.
Of course the authorities are quick to use the excuse that the virus is new, that the situation is rapidly changing, that they simply don't know what's going on and what's coming, yadda yadda. But if they don't know, then how can they mandate that people get injected with these experimental vaccines for unknown benefits and even lesser known risks?
Don't know anything? Fine! Let those who want these vaccines have them and leave the rest of us alone!

Anonymous, 1 March 2022

I really agree with all the negative comments about the ATAGI. By the looks of it, they are just a bunch of clueless paper shufflers who dash about like cockroaches, without any clear aim or solid knowledge. Whatever their big cousins from the US say, they repeat here. "Ah, Americans giving boosters! So we must too! Why and for what exactly benefit - who cares?! But in Australia we will go further - the dictatorship governments in some states will make boosters mandatory!" Idiots.

Some older or immunocompromised people may benefit from boosters, i.e. another dose of these same short-lived and nasty-effect-causing vaccines, but far from all. In the younger, healthier population such boosters are likely to be useless. Or worse, harmful. Just read any scientific paper on the Original Antigenic Sin. It's been known for almost a decade that such boosters can weaken immune response and protection against further virus variants. And when that happens, the ATAGI will be coming up with another stupid solution to cover their backsides and apply a bandaid on the situation, which will inevitably result in Australians losing even more of their rights and freedoms.

And it's remarkable how our authorities always copy the most stupid and controlling overseas examples. How about do what Denmark did instead: remove all the remnants of the covid police state and give people their life and freedoms back? On, no! That would place too much control in the people's hands! We don't do that here, do we? Here we spy on people, tell them what they 'must' do, and bombard them with messages that they are 'due' fort his and for that.

Nel, 9 March 2022

Thank you for your input. The Original Antigenic Sin definitely is a phenomenon that the Australian syringe-brandishing box-ticking vaccine-mandating system should be taking more notice of.

That's right. If we keep boosting with the same vaccines, and keep training our immune system to respond to the same pathogen, when a new variant appears — and it will, because our countless boosters have left half of the world unvaccinated! — neither the current vaccines, nor our overboosted immune systems will give us adequate protection. We will simply find ourselves at the beginning of another pandemic, much to the joy of those whose aim has always been to keep the population under tight control.

Anonymous, 10 March 2022

Exactly! That's why each Dengue fever reinfection is much more dangerous than the previous infection. The only vaccine that is helpful instead of being harmful is the one that covers all strains of the virus at once. Which is impossible with the rapidly mutating Covid.

Anonymous, 10 March 2022

To anyone with half a brain it is clear that mandatory boosters for the whole population are immoral, unethical and harmful. They deprive people in poorer countries of their chance to get their first and second injections, which prolongs the pandemic and aids the emergence of new variants, and they harm the protective mechanisms of immune systems in young and healthy people who have already been 2x jabbed. We are repeatedly told that each of us refusing a booster individually won't redirect that dose into someone's arm in a poor country. But if enough people in richer countries stand up to this unfair, unwise and counterproductive system collectively, we can make a difference.

Anonymous, 13 March 2022

Numerous studies have shown that hybrid immunity (from vaccination + infection) is most effective. Is is more long lasting, more comprehensive, and better armed against future variants. And as Omicron usually causes mild or asymptomatic illness, it serves as a low risk natural booster. It exposes the immune system to the entire virus particle and creates better immunity.
But! it doesn't collect people's personal data in the process, so the govt doesn't like that and would rather keep peddling boosters :))

K., 14 March 2022

I am getting severely allergic to the words 'health experts', 'Atagi', 'Covid', 'vaccine' and 'booster'. Enough of this already! The mortality rate directly caused by this virus is less than 1 per a THOUSAND of CONFIRMED CASES. Take a thousand people with ANY illness and somebody is bound to die. So then what? Lock everyone up until human civilisation ceases to exist??

It's pretty clear that this pandemic will never end. It can only be ended, by the universal refusal of all people to participate in this farce any longer.

Anonymous, 21 March 2022

And to me it is pretty clear why the authorities are dragging this farce on for as long as they can. They want to make people accept the forced vaccinations, compulsory invasive tests, restrictions, contact tracing, mass surveillance and discrimination on health grounds as the new normal. Once that happens, it won't be too long before we end up in something like dystopian Gattaca.

Anonymous, 23 March 2022

Ok, so I'm done with this. Two jabs are enough for me. They can call me 'overdue' if they like. I don't care anymore. I am not listening any more of what ATAGI has to say. They have been acting like a bunch of bureaucrats without brain, balls or guts. And it's perfectly explainable. The main priority of every bureaucrat is to shield its ass and keep its job. None of them are going to stick their necks out, because they don't want to be blamed if anything goes pear-shaped later. It is much easier for them to echo the rhetoric that comes from another country.
Who was the first to push boosters? The US.
Who rakes the biggest profits from vaccine manufacturing? Ditto!
Now, can you put two and two together?
American health system and pharmaceutical industry are all about money. They don't give a f**k about your long term health. They aren't even trying to hide it. And our local dolts are simply dancing to their tune out of cowardice. That's how we ended up with the third booster, 'winter' booster, and god knows how many more. Each of them will keep pushing our natural immunity farther from effective defence against the mutated virus.

Anonymous, 25 March 2022

No!!!! Just bloody no!!!! Second booster, winter booster, double booster, quarter pounder booster...... When is this going to stop???? I'm a bloody moron too to trust them that two jabs would be the end of it. If only I knew that this was going to go on forever I wouldn't have joined the guinea pig crowd for the first two jabs. No bloody point.....

Angry Harry, 26 March 2022

Oh my. People are getting angry and angrier. Understandably. Although I am not angry yet, I am declining my booster(s) for ethical reasons. If we want this pandemic to end, we need every person on the planet to get two doses. Because people in rich countries getting fifty injections while people in poorer countries zero will solve nothing. It will only keep us chained to syringes forever.

Anonymous, 26 March 2022

That's right. People in poorer countries need the first dose much more than we need the third.

Anonymous, 27 March 2022

IMO these boosters are doing more harm than good. Maybe they are useful for someone with compromised immune system. But for reasonably healthy people they are bad. I know that from my own experience!

I had covid twice. The first time was after the primary 2 doses. And it was just a few coughs for a couple of days. Nothing more. Then I stupidly trusted the government advice and got the booster. Then I caught covid again. Only this time it was way worse. Still nothing so bad that would warrant this concentration camp life that we've all been living for over two years, but it was definitely worse. Because the booster desensitised my immunity against the mutating virus. So now the government can recommend whatever it wants on more boosters, I'm not having any anymore. Enough playing this Russian roulette with my health for the sake of their political games.

Anonymous, 28 March 2022

Winter booster? Yeah sure! How about they go **** themselves? Injecting us with experimental substances every 3-4 months, taking our dna swabs at every threshold and grabbing our personal info at every opportunity is not a "new normal". Maybe for sheep it is but not for me. And I am not having it. Over 65 or not.

Malcolm, SA Australia, 28 March 2022

For me it was this keeping tabs on everyone and the mandatory reporting of all vaccinations to the Australian Immunisation Register that put me off the whole thing. I used to get flu shots annually. It used to be a quick thing in any pharmacy. And I used to give the absolute minimum personal info. But now they have to record everything in the AIR, so they use this new rule as an excuse for grabbing a heap of personal data. And because pharmacy privacy policies are generally a joke and allow the use and disclosure of personal data for other purposes, I no longer get flu shots either. I'm sure I can deal with the flu, but I don't want my private information to be misused, stolen, sold or shared with thousands of government bureaucrats. People used to be able to choose whether they want their vaccines to go to the Immunisation Register or not. Since 2021 we have no choice. Another piece of freedom and choice lost in this pandemic. So if a system doesn't let me have any say in how my personal data is treated, I don't want to have anything to do with such system anymore.

Anonymous, 30 March 2022

Endless COVID boosting? Most likely! Why? Control and profits!

Anonymous, 30 March 2022

Finally! It looks like most states are scrapping quarantine detention for close contacts and international arrivals, but they will still be demanding a negative test. I have no problem with on the spot RAT testing, if I don't have to supply my personal data and can destroy the sample myself after the test. But I am totally against sending my personal information with my DNA sample to some "government-approved testing lab". Nobody knows what they do with all that!

Anonymous, 22 April 2022

Let's hope that tomorrow Australians don't elect the government that will take this pandemic-facade abuse of our freedoms, rights and privacy to the next level.

Anonymous, 20 May 2022

From what I see amongst all the people I know, it's the triple- and quadruple-vaccinated who now end up in hospitals with COVID. The phenomenon of antigenic imprinting is real, and repeatedly sticking the same vaccine into relatively healthy people is only harming them. Unfortunately, bureaucrats are ruled by politicians. And that mob doesn't care about anything except winning votes. They just want to appear like they are doing something. And because this vaccine is the only tool they have, they keep peddling it. Third booster, fourth booster, fifth booster... until the adaptability of your immune system gets completely incapacitated.

K., 25 May 2022

Of course antigenic imprinting is real! Look at the stats: the state that has had the most draconian mandates for vaccine boosters and blackmailed the largest percentage of people into getting boosted is now the one that is having the steepest increase in covid cases. Western Australia, I am looking at you!

Ole, WA Australia, 27 May 2022

The covid-19/20/21/22 pandemic might eventually end, but the abuse of human rights, freedoms and civil liberties will not!
The next stage looks to be monkeypox. Then perhaps zebrapox or penguinpox, until we arrive at covid-27/28/29/30. There is no way the authorities would ever let go of such a convenient tool for giving themselves more powers. We will never get our normal life 100% back. There will always be some pretext for getting more personal data out of us, for spying on us, for controlling/restricting our movements, and of course for injecting us with whatever new concoction they come up with.

Anonymous, 6 June 2022

It's been 10 (ten!) months since my covid vaccination, and I still have this awful pain shooting through the my whole arm. The pain has been caused by the covid vaccine.
I am (or rather was!) a professional musician, and this debilitating pain means I can no longer work. Thanks scientists and the government for ruining my life! You ticked your boxes and all got your salaries, while I am going to be left without my job and without income. You can stick all your boosters up your *** now! I am not going anywhere near your vaccines ever again.

Anonymous, 7 July 2022

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