The most recent data from the federal governmentpointed out that South Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout was the slowest in the country, with the state managing only 57 percent of the vaccine that has been allocated.
SA has provided 37,656 of the 79,990 doses of vaccine available
The state government said that the Commonwealth was oversupplying SA
The president of AMA SA said the state’s vaccine rollout was “not as bad” as the data suggested
To date, 1.1 million doses of vaccine have been given to Australians, with 37,656 of them delivered to SA on April 12.
That’s even though South Australia received 79,990 doses.
According to the data, Tasmania and ACT have given 100 percent of the doses they have given to date.
Labor health spokesman Chris Picton slammed the government’s so-called “safe and stable” approach and called for vaccine efforts to be “scaled up”.
“The worst performance domestically needs to be fixed immediately to get back on track.”
Government says data is ‘misleading’
Health Minister Stephen Wade said vaccinate South Australiathe launch was actually the third fastest in the country, and “aligned” with the “state share of the national population”.
“When you add up the doses given by doctors, and the Commonwealth care of the elderly, we are actually superior per capita,” he said.
Mr Wade said the federal government had sent excessive doses of the vaccine to SA, which had divergedlaunch figures.
“Before Easter we received 14,000 doses of vaccine in just two days, and we were only expecting 7,000,” he said.
“We’re not complaining about receiving a dose … but it leads to a misleading impression.”
Mr Wade said a total of 89,762 doses had been given in SA when calculating those dispatched at Commonwealth primary and elderly care facilities – whose administrations are governed byfederal government.
Alwyndor Aged Care residents in Hove still haven’t received the vaccine.
General manager Beth Davidson-Park said she was concerned about the speed of distribution, which she said was slower than they had expected.
“Family and closest relatives have asked, usually the more concerned about Mum or Dad’s well-being,” he said.
The AMA said the launch was ‘not as bad’ as the data suggested
Australian Medical Association (AMA) SA President Chris Moy acknowledged there were some logistical problems with the state’s vaccine rollout.
“But there is still a proportion where, if we can be more efficient in getting the vaccine to our frontline workers, it will be better.”
Dr Moy said while several front linesworkers have turned down AstraZeneca’s jab because of concerns about blood clots, he doesn’t expect it to have a significant impact on the state’s vaccine rollout.
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has delayed reshuffling his cabinet for several days. A cabinet reshuffle is decided immediately after the Senate elections. The participation of Shibli Faraz and Faisal Vawda has been decided, the source said. PTI senior leader Shibli Faraz previously expressed the prime minister’s intention to reshuffle the cabinet again, saying that PM Imran Khan was “bringing in a new team” to solve the country’s problems. Sources told Geo News that the prime minister will make changes to the federal cabinet in a few days, adding that he has completed consultations with his aides on the matter. Sources said the prime minister will make important changes to the Cabinet on a “large scale”, adding that ministers who do not live up to expectations will be excluded from their portfolios.
It is hoped that Federal Minister for Food Security and National Research Syed Fakhar Imam, Minister of Energy Omar Ayub and Minister of Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan will be removed from their current portfolios.
The prime minister has been advised, according to sources, to appoint federal and state ministers at the Ministry of Information, while former information minister Shibli Faraz, will be entrusted with the Ministry of Electric Power.
The source said that the Minister of Science and Technology, Fawad Chaudhry, was again asked to lead the Ministry of Information. Chaudhry Fawad has been looking for time to decide whether he wants to accept the offer or not.
Czech Extraliga will postpone its Opening Day by one week, with the first pitch being thrown on April 9th. The Czech Baseball Association Technical Committee and representatives of Czech clubs approved the schedule after an exemption was granted by the Czech National Sports Agency.
Due to the current pandemic, players and referees must be tested before each weekend, the premises will not be open to the public, and the maximum number of people allowed in the park will be limited to 80. In addition, the park will have to be separated into different corridors, with hand sanitation, social distancing and reduced contact during the match are further points of emphasis.
Despite the restrictions, Petr Ditrich, President of the Czech Baseball Association, is happy with the situation, especially with the 2021 European Championships in September on the horizon. “We are very happy to receive an exemption from the National Sports Agency. It is very important for us to start our top league as soon as possible because of the important first season of the national team and the European Championship 2021. We recognize that the most important exercise in baseball is a game. We will strictly comply with all rules and hygiene measures, baseball is an outdoor sport and we are sure that the situation will improve very soon. We can’t wait for our opening day.“
COVID-19 has wreaked havoc with the schedules of other major European leagues. The German Bundesliga will start the season with a a two-tier schedule, with clubs in the southern division starting April 1, as originally planned, and playing 28 games of the season against division rivals. The northern club, on the other hand, will start playing on May 8 and have only played 14 regular season games.
Kayleigh and Chevaunne Roffe are in uncertainty and unable to find work, volunteer or study without paying international fees due to long application records at Immigration NZ. Photo / Brett Phibbs
Their friends started their adult lives – enrolling in tertiary studies, getting jobs, volunteering in their communities.
But Chevaunne and Kayleigh Roffe say they can’t do any of that.
The lives of the Teluk Mairangi sisters are in uncertainty due to 19 months of delay in processing their residence visa applications.
“It’s quite sad,” said Chevaunne Roffe, 18 years old Herald on Sundays.
“We’ve been here six years. I’ve graduated high school here, I should be allowed into university. I have to join my friends starting their lives, but I can’t.”
Chevaunne and Kayleigh, 21, also face an even more daunting prospect – leaving New Zealand without their parents Leilah and Glenn Roffe if their visitor visas expire before residence permits are granted.
Kayleigh’s expires in August, while efforts are being made to extend Chevaunne’s.
And the family says they are not alone – a post about their plight on the Migrants NZ Facebook page drew dozens of similar responses.
As of March 9, Immigration New Zealand had 1,595 skilled land and residence migrants from work applications pending allocation to immigration officers, general manager of border and visa operations Nicola Hogg said, blaming the increased demand and disruption of Covid-19 for delays.
“Non-priority land applications are currently allocated from August 2019, while priority applications are allocated within two weeks.”
Chevaunne and Kayleigh use visitor visas after the student visa attached to their father’s original skilled migrant visa expires when they finish high school.
Her family moved to New Zealand after Glenn Roffe was granted a skilled migrant work visa in 2014.
But the Government’s changes to 2016 criteria meant he could not apply for residency, then permanent residence and finally citizenship, Roffe said.
“I will have the black book [New Zealand passport] at the end of this year if [the criteria] do not change. “
She was able to remain as a partner when Leilah Roffe accepted the road to a residence visa.
In November last year, entire families were eligible to apply for residency visas via the Leilah route to residence visas.
Hogg said he couldn’t talk about the Roffe family’s situation, as they didn’t grant privacy waivers.
But currently 90 percent of skilled migrant category visas are completed within 23 months, while residence applications take longer to process – which can be tricky because it allows people to live in New Zealand permanently, Hogg said.
Requests for visas in the skilled migrant category and the sub-category of residence from work have increased significantly in recent years, delaying the decision.
Last month, Immigration NZ formalized the priority allocation of several categories of skilled migrants and places of residence from job applications to high-paying applicants where their jobs must be registered under the immigration allocation, he said.
This allows government departments to start allocating older non-priority applications more consistently.
The NZ Immigration Office was also closed during last year’s commemorative level 4 lockdown and, due to paper-based skilled housing applications, staff were unable to process it.
At level 2, less staff could be on site, while changes to August and February alert levels also impact processing times, Hogg said.
But Glenn Roffe said blaming Covid-19 was a smokescreen.
“August 2019 applications are only now allocated to caseworkers … that’s seven months before Covid hits.”
Her children, and others in the same position, suffered.
Apart from being unable to work, her daughter is not eligible for state-subsidized medical care and education – unless they pay international student fees in excess of $ 30,000.
“My oldest son has a new bed, and has been sitting on it for three years.”
He keeps his spirits up by going to the gym and meeting friends – “when they’re not working or studying,” says Kayleigh Roffe.
He also studied to become a hired accountant through college abroad, but prefers to study in person.
And until this year he volunteered at his old school, Rangitoto College, and for Auckland Unlimited and America’s Cup Events, but quit after the family immigration agency said volunteering could jeopardize his residence application because any indication of receiving financial benefits could be seen as a visitor visa violation.
The financial benefits could include study skills that might help land a job later, the family said.
However, Hogg said those on visitor visas can volunteer without affecting their application of residence, as long as they don’t do it for a gain or a reward – which is a payment or any benefit that can be valued in monetary terms, such as board, food. or transportation.
Volunteering gave her “a reason to get out of bed,” and she missed it, says Kayleigh Roffe.
“I have my days where I honestly cry because there’s nothing I can do about it [about our situation]. “
It’s the terrifying prospect of potentially having to leave New Zealand when its visitor visa expires.
She will probably go to England, where she has no family but has a British passport through her mother. He has family in South Africa, where he was born, but “England is safer”.
“[But] I will be alone in a place that I have never lived. “
For Chevaunne, still depending on his parents made him feel like a kid again.
“All your friends say ‘let’s go out for dinner’ and I have to say ‘I have to ask my mom’. I feel like I’m back in the 5th year… I feel like ‘wow, everyone moves on with life and I’m stuck.”