Young mother’s anger after being rejected at vaccination center for holding her newborn and not wanting to give the baby to a stranger outside the clinic while stabbed
- Eleanor Hillard visited the vaccination hub of the Qudos Bank Arena on Wednesday
- She was sent away for holding her seven-week-old baby girl
- She had called ahead of time and was told it would be fine if she would bring her child
- Ms Hillard said the hub’s staff suggested leaving her baby with a stranger
A mother who spent half a day waiting in a vaccination clinic in Sydney walked away without a shot after being told not to enter with her newborn baby.
Eleanor Hillard of Como, in the town of Sutherland Shire, traveled 30km to Homebush’ Qudos Bank Arena to get her Pfizer shot with her seven-week-old daughter Maeve Wednesday morning.
But before she even got to the front of the line, Mrs. Hillard was turned away and told by the staff that she couldn’t take her child, but could instead leave her with a stranger waiting outside.
To make matters worse, the mother said she had previously called the clinic’s hotline to confirm that bringing her baby would not be a problem, and she was assured it was no problem.
Eleanor Hillard of Como, in the town of Sutherland Shire, traveled to Homebush’ Qudos Bank Arena Wednesday morning to get her Pfizer shot with her seven-week-old daughter Maeve
“I called yesterday to see if I could take Meave out and they said it would be fine and other people would too,” Ms Hillard told the Daily Mail Australia.
“I told the staff that and they just said that those people were not connecting with them and that there was miscommunication going on.
“They said if I had a negative reaction to the vaccine, they would be liable for my child. What was frustrating was just the lack of empathy.”
Ms Hillard said the staff suggested leaving baby Maeve with another lady – whom she did not know – who had also been waiting in line while she went to get vaccinated.
“In a Covid-19 situation, I find it very ironic that health professionals would tell you that a completely random person you don’t know can take care of your baby,” she said.
Ms Hillard was unable to get her vaccine because vaccination clinic staff wouldn’t let her in with her seven-week-old baby. She was told to leave her outside with a stranger
Other mothers with children at the vaccination center were also rejected, with one reluctantly letting another woman babysit her baby while she was getting her shot.
Ms Hillard said the woman was in tears and revealed that her husband had passed away last year and that there was no one else to look after her child.
“Women are the heart of families and it’s so important that mothers are vaccinated, we’re just trying to do the right thing and it’s really disappointing to be rejected,” she said.
Ms Hillard revealed that because she was breastfeeding, Pfizer was the recommended vaccine for her that was not currently available in her suburb – meaning she had to make the 30km journey to Homebush.
Fortunately, a senior health official has been in contact with the mother since then, and medical personnel will be sent to her home on Thursday to vaccinate her.
The mother had traveled to the Homebush vaccination clinic to be stung because Pfizer was not available in her area
Ms Hillard said the other women who were rejected on Wednesday were also expected to be contacted.
“The system needs to be more empathetic towards women and mothers in all situations,” she said.
The bureaucratic nightmare comes as NSW has reached a major vaccine milestone, with 80 percent of people over 16 now getting their first job.
The double jab rate is 47.5 percent, with 70 percent being the benchmark for October’s ‘Friday Day’.
COUNTDOWN TO FREEDOM: THE DATES YOU NEED TO KNOW
September 11: Some regional areas have been released
Several regional areas, including the Central and North Coast, New England, Riverina and Murrumbidgee, are set to come out of lockdown at 11:59 p.m. Friday after staying home for nearly a month.
the 13th of September: Vax picnics
Fully vaccinated Sydneysiders will soon be able to enjoy a picnic in the sun.
The ‘vax picnic’ rule means that anyone living outside the 12 LGAs involved can gather in a group of five for a picnic, but all must be double-dipped.
Pubs and restaurants in regional areas of NSW will test the state government’s vaccine passport technology, which will allow double-dose residents to prove their vaccination status when scanning for a location using QR code.
October 18th: ‘Friday Day’
The date is likely to coincide with NSW reaching a 70 per cent vaccination coverage, meaning pubs, restaurants, cafes, gyms and hair salons can reopen under the one person per 4 square meter rule for only fully vaccinated.
Non-essential shops are also allowed to reopen.
Weddings and funerals would also continue, but there will be restrictions for guests.
However, venues such as nightclubs will not be included until higher vaccination rates are achieved.
End of October/beginning of November: Regional Holidays Begin
Once the vaccination target hits 80 percent, which could potentially be as early as the end of October, incarcerated Sydneysiders, including those in the city’s 12 LGAs, will soon be able to pack their bags for a domestic holiday.
But travelers must get a double dose and apply for a special travel permit through the Service NSW app.