Confidence key to COVID preparation

Tasmanian Labor

With the December 15 border reopening date now under a month away, it is vital Tasmanians have confidence the systems in place are ready for reopening.

Shadow Health Minister Anita Dow said Labor welcomed the clarity provided by the Premier today and urged it to continue.

“We are less than a month away from COVID entering the state and at this time clarity and information is key,” Ms Dow said.

“It is reassuring the Premier has outlined the processes surrounding airport vaccination checks and also what happens to individuals if they break these rules, but it is critical this clarity continues.

“Information instils confidence and trust, which is crucial at this time and without clear communication it is hard to have trust in the systems in place.

“We are entering a period of significant change in Tasmania and people understandably have questions about what life will be like when we have COVID in our community.”

Ms Dow said Labor will continue to raise important questions on behalf of our communities regarding the reopening plan and rather than label them as politics, the Premier should do what he can to provide answers.

“The community has every right to raise questions about reopening and seek further advice.

“Businesses and workers will need support, clear guidance and information as they undertake risk assessments and consider vaccination across their workplace.

“It is also vital people know how health care will be provided in our communities, regional hospitals and at our major hospitals when we have COVID cases, along with making sure we get as many Tasmanians vaccinated as we can.

“The vaccine incentives announced today are certainly welcome, however parents will play a critical role in getting our young people vaccinated.

“We are at one of the most critical stages in this pandemic and the government needs to provide the clarity and information Tasmanians require to have confidence the systems we have in place will work when COVID is in our community.”

Anita Dow MP

Shadow Health Minister

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