As a livestock producer I have used and will continue to use Ivermectin but not in my wildest dreams would I think to sprinkle some along my spine to stop me from becoming infected with COVID-19

Two years ago, only livestock producers were using Ivermectin, the pour-on antiparasitic medicine, on their cattle and sheep.

Nowadays there are fears there could be a shortage of the product due to people's totally misplaced belief that a veterinary medicine will provide a cure for COVID-19.

As a livestock producer I have used and will continue to use Ivermectin but not in my wildest dreams would I think to sprinkle some along my spine to stop me from becoming infected with COVID-19. Or even worse actually swallow the stuff.

And before you think I am am not prepared to take some potent or break-through drugs to stay healthy then you haven't known me for the past two years because thanks to some heavy hitting chemotherapy treatment I am still alive.

Being alive is wonderful and getting older is a privilege.

So can we ditch these weird conspiracy theories around COVID-19 cures along with the aversion to masks and vaccines.

If we can wear hats and sunscreen to protect ourselves from skin cancer and we wear seatbelts to protect ourselves from serious injury in a car accident, then wearing a mask to protect us from a deadly virus should be just as easy.

How many of those arguing against masks wear PPE at work - hard hats, gloves, safety glasses, steel capped boots. But masks well that's against our freedom. No freedoms in intensive care I am afraid.

And COVID kills just like cancer and motor vehicle accidents. Your best chance of survival comes from vaccination.

Side affects possibly, but there are so many side affects from being seriously ill with COVID-19 where all your vital organs can stop working, do you really want to go down that path?

One local mining company has opted to provide an incentive for its employees to get vaccinated. They are providing a gift card to workers that achieve full vaccination. Valued at $250 it can only be spent at Singleton businesses - as they say a win win situation.

As of August 27, just over 52 per cent of people in Singleton LGA had received their first dose and 25.4 per cent were fully vaccinated, so our community has some way to go before we reach that 80 per cent of full vaccination.

It is achievable - so please ignore all the conspiracy theories because being alive is wonderful.