MELBOURNE, Australia (LifeSiteNews) – COVID-19 booster shots will be mandatory for workers in Australia’s state of Victoria.
During a press conference on Monday morning, Victorian Premier Dan Andrews announced his government’s strategy to implement booster shots was an essential part of Victoria’s “vaccinated economy.”
While addressing reporters in his routine media meeting, Premier Dan Andrews announced, “It will be in everybody’s interests, all of us, for the health and safety, for the health system, and of course to continue participating in the vaccinated economy — you will need to have a booster shot.”
Andrews said that the “vaccinated economy will operate across the board.”
“Two doses, or you’re not getting in [to the state]. Two doses, or you’re not going to work. This is absolutely critical,” he continued.
The premier then revealed that boosters would be “just as important as the first and second” shots.
“We will retain the vaccinated economy,” he stated.
“All those requirements, all those settings where you only get in if you are double-vaxxed – and you can tap and verify that for everybody – that vaccinated economy is here to stay.”
In a media briefing in August, World Health Organization chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan rejected calls for COVID-19 booster shots, saying that data “is not conclusive.”
“We also don’t know about the safety of boosters,” she continued, “because when we talk about vaccines, it’s not just the efficacy. [W]hat happens … when you give a third dose of an mRNA vaccine or any other kind of vaccine?”
Controversy surrounding booster shots come amid a wave of breakthrough cases in highly-vaccinated countries, where the experimental vaccines have increasingly failed to prevent death or serious illness against COVID-19 variants and have been linked to unprecedentedly high, frequently fatal, adverse reactions such as Antibody-Dependent Enhancement (ADE).
Please SIGN this critical petition which urges the Catholic Church to demand that Big Pharma develop, produce and distribute ethical (non-abortion tainted) COVID vaccines for Catholics...and, anyone else who feels morally obliged to refuse abortion-tainted vaccines!
Over the past 10 months, the Catholic Church's teaching office (the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith - CDF) has quietly directed the Catholic faithful to protest against the use of aborted babies in the production or testing of available COVID vaccines in the West -- all of which use aborted fetal cell lines in either their development or testing phase.
Sadly, this direction has been so quiet that almost no-one knows about it.
At the same time, however, the Pope (see below), along with many other senior prelates, has been loudly promoting the uptake of these same unethically-produced vaccines amongst the Catholic faithful with only a whisper of protest.
It's clear that there is a major disconnect in the Church between word and action on this major moral issue.
But, instead of being a follower, the Church should be a leader in this area -- demanding the development of ethical vaccines (and, other ethically-developed products) for Catholics.**
In fact, there are already Catholic scientists, like Dr. Alan Moy, who are working with adult stem cells to help achieve ethical alternatives, but they have received "very little interest" from the Church, to-date.
And, to be fair, some individual bishops, like Archbishop J. Michael Miller of Vancouver, Canada, have vocally supported non-abortion tainted vaccines, with Archbishop Miller going so far as to donate towards ethical research.
But, it's time to try again and ask Church leaders in the Vatican and its US counterpart, the USCCB (the Catholic bishops' conference in the United States), to be fully consistent in word and deed on the issue of aborted fetal cell lines used to produce vaccines.
Jews have kosher foods and Muslims have halal foods. And, people from both traditions demand such foods - and, their demands are respected. As an example, please click and scroll down here to see all of the halal certificates which McDonald's needs to operate in Saudi Arabia.
So, certainly the Catholic Church could and should loudly demand that pharmaceutical companies develop and produce ethical vaccines for Catholics.
Indeed, the Church could and should ask the faithful to loudly demand ethical vaccines from Big Pharma (by providing phone numbers and email addresses, for example). And, or, the Church could and should commit to sponsoring the development of pro-life pharmaceuticals.
It should be noted here that the Catholic Church teaches that there is NO moral obligation, whatsoever, to accept a vaccine.
But, regrettably, for those who wish to take an ethically-produced COVID vaccine, even the Church's direction is hard to understand, precisely because it is contradictory.
On the one hand, the CDF says that acceptance of an abortion-tainted vaccine constitutes passive/remote material cooperation in the evil of abortion.
On the other hand the CDF also says that the acceptance of abortion-tainted vaccine is morally permissible when no ethically developed and tested vaccine is available.
At the same, however, the CDF paradoxically says that those who accept an unethical vaccine have the moral obligation to protest against it.
But then...there's the recent video of Pope Francis and other senior bishops, Archbishops and Cardinals promoting the COVID vaccines, without protesting against their gravely immoral development and testing, nor calling on Big Pharma to produce an ethical alternative.
So, where the current slate of COVID vaccines is concerned, the Church is apparently saying that you can cooperate with evil if some good may result...if you have no ethical alternative...but, you have to protest the evil...while participating in it.
And, well, the very people who are telling us to protest the unethical vaccines are, themselves, actually promoting them as, "an act of love."
This kind of contradiction - saying one thing and doing another - is unacceptable because it assumes as normal the situation where only unethical vaccines are available for Catholics.
We are asking the Church to stop this seeming servility towards Big Pharma, and start a loud and active campaign promoting the development and production of ethical vaccines.
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition urging Pope Francis and other Vatican authorities, as well as USCCB authorities, to loudly demand that Big Pharma develop and produce ethical vaccines for Catholics, untainted by abortion.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
'‘Wholly unethical’: US ‘personhood’ org condemns COVID vaccines derived from aborted babies' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/wholly-unethical-us-personhood-org-condemns-covid-vaccines-derived-from-aborted-babies/
'In ‘rupture’ with Church’s ‘absolute opposition’ to abortion, Vatican hosting pro-aborts at pro-COVID jab conference' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/in-rupture-with-churchs-absolute-opposition-to-abortion-vatican-hosting-pro-aborts-at-pro-covid-jab-conference/
'‘I will never comply with evil’: Pro-lifer Abby Johnson on abortion-tainted vaccines' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/i-will-never-comply-with-evil-pro-lifer-abby-johnson-on-abortion-tainted-vaccines/
'Canadian archbishop donates to ethical coronavirus vaccine research' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/canadian-archbishop-donates-to-ethical-coronavirus-vaccine-research/
**Actually, to be fully consistent with the Church's teaching on this issue, the Catholic Church should demand that Catholics be offered an "ethical" choice for every major product, from food to cosmetics, from to clothing to medicine, and beyond.
Andrew’s intention to establish a “vaccinated economy” within Australia’s second most populous state has gained international notoriety, particularly due to his willingness to use unprecedented, authoritarian tactics to force compliance with public health orders. This includes mandatory vaccinations as a condition of employment and other essential freedoms, such as visiting family members, exercising or attending places of worship.
Andrews then turned his attention to the state’s plan to ease restrictions in November after the indefinite lockdowns that have plagued Victorians since the COVID outbreak in 2019. He then emphasized the necessity of his comprehensive “door-to-door” program to achieve “90 percent” vaccination rates, explaining that these measures were necessary to prevent further outbreaks.
The Premier’s new ‘roadmap to freedom’ follows the booster announcement by Lieutenant General John Frewen, the head of Australia’s vaccine taskforce. Frewen explained that the decision on booster shots was imminent, pending an agreement between the Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt and US vaccine manufacturer Pfizer.
“We think what’s going to happen is that a booster shot will be made available six months from your second dose,” Frewen revealed, “So we’ll work the priority groups in the very first instance – aged and disability care, frontline workers, those sorts of areas.”
When asked whether Victoria’s government was able to achieve their ambitious vaccination targets, Frewen stated “There’ll be nine million doses of Pfizer in each month for the rest of the year. We will get two million doses of Moderna this month, and then we’re expecting three million doses of Moderna recurring for the rest of the year as well.”
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