In light of a court case filed by a group of doctors challenging the Queensland government’s COVID-19 vaccination mandates, records show that the first deaths in the Australian state occurred among fully vaccinated people.
A list of the state’s first 183 COVID-19 deaths from the pandemic’s start on March 13, 2020, to Jan. 27, 2022, produced in an affidavit by Queensland’s chief health officer, indicates that authorities were aware as early as January 2022 that the vaccines were not preventing deaths.
According to the list, the first locally acquired COVID-19 death occurred in a person in their 80s and another in their 30s, both of whom had received two doses of the vaccine in December 2021 and January 2022, respectively.
While Queensland recorded seven deaths early in the pandemic, these cases were acquired outside of the state and prior to the start of vaccine rollouts.
Queensland’s border will reopen in December 2021, after 80 percent of the state’s population has been vaccinated. By December 31, 2021, nearly 90 percent of the population over the age of 16 would have been fully vaccinated.
Queensland’s Workplace Mandates
The lawsuit, filed against the state, requests that the September 2021 directive requiring employees in public health and aged-care facilities to be vaccinated against COVID-19 be revoked.
Psychiatrist Peter Parry, a case specialist, stated that he had never faced disciplinary action in his three decades of practice until now.
“I graduated from medical school 40 years ago and in all that time have never had a single complaint about me presented to a medical board or AHPRA,” the doctor said.
He chose not to receive the COVID-19 vaccines because they are “not normal vaccines.”
“We hope that by presenting evidence and expert witness testimony to the Supreme Court, the Justices will consider the evidence and rule in our favor.” If the bid is successful, a large number of experienced nurses, allied health professionals, and doctors will be able to return to help an overburdened Queensland public health system,” he added.
In addition to mandated work hours, Premier Annastacia Palazczuk barred unvaccinated people from accessing services and liberties such as hospitals, disability services, aged care, libraries, and hospitality venues.
The Queensland government enforced this by requiring proof of vaccination at venues in order to keep Queenslanders safe.
Messaging Shifts to Reducing Severe Illness
Initially, in 2021, the Queensland Government closed the state’s borders and encouraged residents to get COVID-19 vaccinations. They planned to reopen the borders once 80 percent of the population had been vaccinated, in order to halt the virus’s spread and protect vulnerable citizens.
However, when the borders were reopened after reaching the target, COVID-19 cases increased rather than decreased. When it became clear that the vaccines did not completely prevent infection or transmission, the emphasis of the messaging shifted to emphasize the vaccines’ efficacy in reducing severe illness and death.
Most Queensland health staff are still required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to ensure the ongoing safety of employees, patients, visitors, and the wider community.
“The overwhelming benefits of COVID-19 vaccination continue to outweigh the potential risks, and this is substantiated by enormous amounts of safety data based on billions of doses worldwide,” a TGA spokesperson said in an email to The Epoch Times.
Pfizer Dismisses Vaccine Mandates Concerns
The deaths come after a parliamentary inquiry into the COVID-19 mandates heard from Pfizer Australia’s Australian heads that the vaccine mandates coerced Australians into getting vaccinated for COVID-19, claiming they had a choice.
Pfizer Country Medical Director Dr. Krishan Thiru and Dr. Brian Hewitt, Pfizer’s head of Regulatory Sciences, testified before an Australian Senate inquiry into the COVID-19 vaccine mandates, dismissing senators’ concerns that Australians were coerced into getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
“I firmly believe that nobody was forced to have a vaccine,” Dr. Thiru said.
“Governments and health authorities set mandates for vaccine requirements.” I believe everyone was given the option of getting a vaccine or not getting a vaccine. Nobody was forced to take a vaccine, in my opinion.”
Meanwhile, when asked if he believed Australians in states subject to large-scale mandates, such as Western Australia or Victoria, were not forced to get the shot even if they were unable to earn a living without it, Dr. Hewitt responded that he did not believe mandates compelled individuals to vaccinate.
“Governments and health authorities set the mandates for vaccine requirements.” “I don’t believe the mandates actually forced people to get vaccinated,” he said.