At a time when everyone is being exhorted to get vaccinated against COVID-19 it would appear to be counter intuitive to cancel bookings people have made to do just that

Frustration with ruling to cancel Pfizer jabs

At a time when everyone is being exhorted to get vaccinated against COVID-19 it would appear to be counter intuitive to cancel bookings people have made to do just that.

But unfortunately that is exactly what happened on the weekend for a number of rural and regional citizens who had made bookings for their Pfizer shot at NSW Health clinics.

The jabs may have only been delayed until more supplies of the Pfizer vaccine arrive on our shores - but cancelled they were for people who were doing the right thing and hoping to be vaccinated in August as the NSW Premier wants us all to do in an effort to protect us from the highly transmissible Delta strain of the virus.

Each day for weeks at 11:00am a press conference is held in Sydney to tells us the grim statistics on the Greater Sydney COVID outbreak.

And each day we are told our route out of lockdowns and the reopening of the country depends of a high level of vaccination.

The vast majority of the populace understands this and as the numbers rose in Sydney people were keen to book their vaccination.

For those of us living outside metropolitan areas of the state we know that access to well resourced medical facilities with ICU is not that easy. In fact only a few months ago we were hearing horror stories from a NSW parliamentary inquiry into regional and rural health about the total lack of services in the bush.

So people living in these areas need to be vaccinated for that reason alone.

Failure to do so would put an already strained hospital system under even more pressure and thereby risk lives.

The Pfizer vaccinations that were taken away are going to be used to vaccinate Year 12 students in Sydney so they can resume their classes and complete the HSC.

No one doubts this is an admirable move but it highlights once again the division between a city centric government and those of us living in the regions.

There should have been better communication for one and the NSW government should have been more critical of their federal counterparts for the failures now clearly evident in the vaccine rollout.

It isn't good enough that people, many of whom are essential workers, that live in the bush have had their vaccination bookings cancelled.