Over 60s are lashed as being ‘boomer entitled’ as many hold off getting their Covid vaccine until Pfizer is available
- Dr Norman Swan called decision for over 60s to get Pfizer ‘boomer entitlement’
- Dr Swan argued Pfizer doses should remain reserved for those aged 12 and over
- Under 60s with the mindset of not wanting AstraZeneca will be left ‘vulnerable’
- Northern Territory announced over 60s could receive Pfizer from September 10
- South Australia made decision for residents over 12 to get Pfizer from Monday
ABC medical expert Norman Swan has lashed out at over 60s who are waiting to receive the Pfizer vaccination, calling it ‘boomer entitlement’.
The Northern Territory recently announced that anyone over the age of 60 in Darwin could receive Pfizer from September 10, with the South Australian government making Pfizer available to all residents over the age of 12 less than 24 hours later.
Dr Norman Swan appeared on ABC’s News Breakfast program on Tuesday morning to discuss what the move by South Australia and Northern Territory meant for Covid-19 vaccine messaging across the nation.
Dr Norman Swan (pictured) called the decision by South Australia and the Northern Territory to allow over 60s to receive the Pfizer jab ‘boomer entitlement’
‘This is boomer entitlement,’ Dr Swan told ABC News Breakfast.
‘It must mean that they’ve got loads of Pfizer doses they’re not telling anyone about.’
Dr Swan argued that Pfizer doses shouldn’t be given to residents over 60 who already have access to the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Dr Swan said: ‘If they’ve got Pfizer doses to waste on over 60s when 12-year-olds need to be immunised, 12-year-olds should be in front of any 60-year-old who isn’t otherwise contraindicated to get AstraZeneca.’
‘They [12-year-olds] deserve the Pfizer more than over 60s.’
He added: ‘Over 60s can get Astra, they can get Astra safely, and protect themselves against severe disease.’
Dr Swan continued to say that Pfizer vaccines should remain reserved for people under 60 and now 12- to 15-year-olds.
When asked whether it would be difficult to change the mindset of those over 60 who didn’t want to receive the AstraZeneca shot, Dr Swan argued the older population with that established mindset will be left more vulnerable.
‘It’s very hard to change and they’ll be vulnerable when we do open up,’ Dr Swan said.
‘And in states where they’re not opening up, it will keep them locked down for longer.’
Dr Norman Swan argued that over 60s already have access to AstraZeneca, and Pfizer should remain reserved for those under 60 and now children aged 12 to 15 (Pictured: young woman receiving the Pfizer vaccine)
South Australia’s decision to allow all residents aged over 12 to get the Pfizer vaccine from Monday is due to the government wanting to fast track their path to freedom.
Premier Steven Marshall said to reporters on Saturday: ‘It’s on for young and old.’
‘We know there have been many people over the age of 60 who said, ‘We don’t want the AstraZeneca, we want the Pfizer jab, this is why we are not having the jab’.’
Northern Territory’s Health Minister Natasha Fyles also said the decision to give over 60s the chance to receive the Pfizer jab in urban Darwin was to get Territorians vaccinated as fast as they can.
‘This means every Territorian can be vaccinated by Christmas,’ Ms Fyles said.
Mr Marshall noted that 40 per cent of South Australian residents had received two doses.
In the Northern Territory, 12% of children aged 12 to 15 have received their first dose, and 67% of residents 16 years and older have had one dose.