A Tweed Councillor is desperately pleading for the NSW and Federal governments to send more vaccine doses up north to help the community ‘keep our heads above water’.
It comes as Queensland prepares to mandate at least one dose of the vaccine for those crossing the border from NSW into the Sunshine State from tomorrow.
On Monday – there were 9,000 people who were able to come across the border as essential workers.
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But they’ll be turned away from Saturday if they can’t also prove they’ve received a dose of the vaccine.
Tweed Councillor James Owen says this news has caused a flurry in the community, with people now desperately trying to get appointments so that they can get to work.
“For many essential workers in the Tweed Shire this announcement has left them desperately searching for a vaccination appointment in the next four days,” Councillor Owen’s open letter reads.
“If they are unable to source an appointment it will mean they can no longer carry out work in Queensland.
“Vaccination appointments are scarce in the Tweed Shire and the wait for a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine appointment is months at present.
“Here in our border community, we are in a desperate situation.
“We are pleading for support from both the NSW State and Federal Governments to help us to keep our heads above water,” the letter reads.
Meantime, the region will soon face even tougher restrictions again to get into Queensland, with officials vowing to tighten the list of essential reasons to cross even further over the coming week.
In addition to that, 100 ADF troops will be deployed to help police man the checkpoints from next Wednesday, indicating that the border ban will be in place much longer than first thought.
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