How some of Australia’s most heinous criminals are being offered the Pfizer jab for YOU – including Daniel Morcombe’s murderer and wife-slayer Gerard Baden-Clay
- Notorious criminals were given access to vaccines for law-abiding citizens
- They include the murderer of his wife Gerard Baden Clay and the murderer of Daniel Morcombe
- Many across the country found it difficult to book Pfizer appointments
- There is an abundant amount of AstraZeneca, which could be given instead
- Inmates in NSW refuse vaccinations due to religious beliefs
Some of Australia’s most notorious inmates – including Brett Cowan, the murderer of Daniel Morcombe and the murderer of his wife Gerard Baden-Clay – stand ready to receive Pfizer shots in front of many law-abiding citizens.
While AstraZeneca vaccines are plentiful in Australia, Pfizer’s supply is limited, with appointments scarce for both young and old who want that particular shot.
But for inmates in Queensland, the Pfizer vaccine is widely administered to inmates by the state’s health vaccination clinic and prison health services staff.
Queensland Health declined to confirm how many inmates had been vaccinated, but a spokesperson later said that ‘vaccinations for inmates and Queensland Corrective Services staff have been underway for several months – and will be phased in’.
The news is likely to raise questions about why criminals can’t get an AstraZeneca shot, of which Australia has millions of spare doses and is perfectly effective.
Baden Clay killed his wife Allison in 2012, while Cowan killed 13-year-old Daniel Morcombe in 2003. Both men are serving life sentences.
Notorious Australian prisoner Brett Cowan, who murdered Daniel Morcombe on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, could get a Pfizer vaccine for law-abiding citizens in the Sunshine State
Queensland resident Gerard Baden-Clay, who killed his wife Allison, could also get the shot before Queensland residents
In NSW, where the number of Covid cases continues to rise, the exact vaccination rates behind bars also remain a mystery.
It comes after Parklea Prison, in Sydney’s northwest, and Cessnock Correctional Center in the Hunter Valley were both recently placed under urgent lockdown after 12 Covid-positive inmates were detected in Parklea.
Some inmates had had contact with other inmates now housed in Cessnock, endangering both centers.
Other inmates at the Lithgow Correctional Centre, in the NSW Central Tablelands, reportedly resisted vaccination requests because of religious beliefs.
The stalemate has put a number of NSW correctional staffers on edge, as they do not have the authority to impose vaccination shots on inmates.
“Prison officers understand the risks of Covid-19 and want to be vaccinated,” said Nicole Jess, president of the NSW Public Service Association.
‘The challenge is the offer. “The PSA has asked NSW Health to provide further on-site vaccinations for prison officers.”
In a recent case, a Parklea Prison officer confirmed that inmates were given priority when there was a shortage of vaccinations for inmates and staff.
Australia’s current full vaccination rate is just under 28 percent.
Once the nation hits 80 percent — which could be by the end of 2021 based on current numbers — life will slowly “return to normal” according to many state leaders.
Once Australia’s vaccination rate hits 80 per cent, state leaders have promised life will return to ‘normal’ after that (stock image)