Covid-19 Australian health minister condemns self-proclaimed Australians refusing AstraZeneca vaccine

New South Wales Health Minister Brad Hazzard has unloaded anti-vaxxers who still refuse to get a Covid jab, calling them “armed and indulgent.”

Mr Hazzard lashed out after the state recorded a further 1,164 Covid cases and three deaths, as medics warned that some hospitals and health workers were at breaking point.

But Mr Hazzard blamed anyone who delayed vaccination for making the situation worse.

“Not getting vaccinated is actually arbitrary and indulgent in the midst of a pandemic,” he said at Tuesday morning’s daily Covid briefing.

New South Wales Health Minister Brad Hazzard (pictured) has unloaded anti-vaxxers who still refuse to get a Covid jab, calling them 'armed and indulgent'

New South Wales Health Minister Brad Hazzard (pictured) has unloaded anti-vaxxers who still refuse to get a Covid jab, calling them ‘armed and indulgent’

“Go and get vaccinated and be honest with the rest of your community.”

Liverpool, Westmead and Nepean hospitals in the covid-strewn west and south-west of Sydney are said to have nearly 350 coronavirus patients.

But the health minister dismissed reports of nurses leaving the profession due to the stress of coping with illness on a daily basis.

And he insisted: ‘This pandemic is a call for nurses – nurses in the profession, but also nurses who have left the profession to come back and fight this virus.

“If there are some who haven’t decided to respond to that, well, that’s their business.”

He added: ‘It doesn’t matter if you’re the cleaners, nurses, doctors or the administrative staff – they all work their butts, to put it bluntly.

“That’s why we keep saying, give them a fair chance, folks — get vaccinated.”

NSW recorded a further 1,164 Covid cases and three deaths as medics warned that some hospitals and health workers were at breaking point.  (Pictured, Westmead Hospital in Sydney's west)

NSW recorded a further 1,164 Covid cases and three deaths as medics warned that some hospitals and health workers were at breaking point.  (Pictured, Westmead Hospital in Sydney's west)

NSW recorded a further 1,164 Covid cases and three deaths as medics warned that some hospitals and health workers were at breaking point. (Pictured, Westmead Hospital in Sydney’s west)

Michelle Dowd, intensive care nurse manager at Liverpool Hospital (pictured) admitted the workload of dealing with Covid patients in the ICU was extremely difficult

Michelle Dowd, intensive care nurse manager at Liverpool Hospital (pictured) admitted the workload of dealing with Covid patients in the ICU was extremely difficult

Michelle Dowd, intensive care nurse manager at Liverpool Hospital (pictured) admitted the workload of dealing with Covid patients in the ICU was extremely difficult

Liverpool (pictured), Westmead and Nepean hospitals in Sydney's covid-strewn west and south-west are said to hold nearly 350 coronavirus patients

Liverpool (pictured), Westmead and Nepean hospitals in Sydney's covid-strewn west and south-west are said to hold nearly 350 coronavirus patients

Liverpool (pictured), Westmead and Nepean hospitals in Sydney’s covid-strewn west and south-west are said to hold nearly 350 coronavirus patients

New South Wales has now given 6.8 million shots, and 36.1 percent of the adult population is now fully vaccinated.

Liverpool Hospital intensive care nurse Michelle Dowd admitted the workload of dealing with Covid patients in the ICU was extremely difficult.

“Caring for COVID patients is not just emotionally demanding for intensive care nurses,” she said on Tuesday. ‘It is also very physically demanding work.

“These patients are some of the sickest we’ve ever seen. They need so much support and supervision, and physical care.

‘We sit in layers of PPE, sometimes for hours at a time. This is really physically demanding work.”

Michelle Dowd admitted the ICU was stretched by the sheer number of patients, even if shared by the NSW health system.  (Pictured, Nepean Hospital in Sydney's west)

Michelle Dowd admitted that the ICU was stretched by the sheer number of patients, even when shared by the NSW health system.  (Pictured, Nepean Hospital in Sydney's west)

Michelle Dowd admitted that the ICU was stretched by the sheer number of patients, even when shared by the NSW health system. (Pictured, Nepean Hospital in Sydney’s west)

She admitted that the ICU was stretched by the sheer number of patients, even as it was shared by the NSW health system.

But she begged everyone to get vaccinated to stem the spread of the disease and bring relief to the health care system and health workers.

“We really need your help to stop the spread and keep people out of hospital and intensive care,” she said.

“This virus is literally tearing families apart. Many of our patients with COVID are young, they are normally fit and healthy.

Michelle Down begged everyone to get vaccinated to curb the spread of the disease and bring relief to health care providers and health professionals.  (Pictured, a Sydneysider getting vaccinated at the city's Qudos Arena vaccination center)

Michelle Down begged everyone to get vaccinated to curb the spread of the disease and bring relief to health care providers and health professionals.  (Pictured, a Sydneysider getting vaccinated at the city's Qudos Arena vaccination center)

Michelle Down begged everyone to get vaccinated to curb the spread of the disease and bring relief to health care providers and health professionals. (Pictured, a Sydneysider getting vaccinated at the city’s Qudos Arena vaccination center)

‘They come from different backgrounds, but they have one thing in common: they are usually not vaccinated.

“We will be with you during this event. We need you to be with us now. If you haven’t booked your vaccination yet, go out and book that vaccination today.’

With her voice trembling with emotion, she added: ‘You’re not just protecting yourself, you’re protecting your family, your friends, strangers – you’ll save lives.

“You help us save lives.”

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