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Mike Hosking: What's the future of the vaccine mandate?

Author
Mike Hosking,
Publish Date
Mon, 6 Dec 2021, 9:20am
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(Photo / 123RF)

Mike Hosking: What's the future of the vaccine mandate?

Author
Mike Hosking,
Publish Date
Mon, 6 Dec 2021, 9:20am

So how is this vaccine mandate thing going to unfold? 

My experiences so far are varied. I had walking to the door, scanning the QR code, walking in getting my temperature taken, scanning my vax pass, and then putting on a surgical mask. I've also had to walking in the door, seeing no masks, no scanning, to no vax pass scanning or QR coding. There's also a couple of examples somewhere in between. 

Then we get to the places that are welcoming unvaccinated people, the council facilities that don’t have scanning, and the developing debate over whether people who have paid for facilities through rates but are unvaccinated can realistically be banned from a facility. 

Then we get to the developing stories around court and employment cases where, if no final decisions have been made, interim ones have been whereby procedure or process wasn’t followed properly. 

Then we get the absurdity and growing upset from business owners who are having to pay their staff four weeks wages for not being vaccinated and on the verge of being sacked. 

I think we can conclude at best, it's inconsistent, and worst, a mess. 

While this persists, and there is no reason to believe it won't, there will come a point of collapse or implosion. New South Wales has actually organised it. At 95 percent vaccinated, all restrictions are off and the unvaccinated can do whatever they like. 

We will end up doing the same thing. It is abundantly clear Māori are not going to be 90 percent jabbed in many parts of the country. That particular absurdity cannot be allowed to continue forever because there are places like Taupō who need visitors to survive. 

Of course, we may well be revisiting all of this by winter if Europe is anything to go by. But as much as the Government might have thought that they could engineer this thing in a way that would work, what I am discovering is that the rollout of the myriad of rules is not militaristic or anything close to it. 

And part of it is the resentment that has built up over two years. Rightly or wrongly whereby those expected to follow yet more rules are over it and have simply decided to get on with life. 

It's the theory vs reality weakness this Government suffers so badly from. Life is not sorted on a white board and real life in the traffic light system is proof of it.