The project is organizing GRILL Anthony Albanese for more than $300 to get a vaccine against the coronavirus
Hosts of The Project have reprimanded Anthony Albanese about his controversial plan to give Australians a $300 cash incentive to get a Covid shot.
The Labor leader said the country should do everything it can to increase vaccination rates and encourage Australians who are hesitant to get vaccines to get the shot.
Under the scheme, anyone fully vaccinated before December 1 would be eligible for the generous taxpayer-funded alms.
But when Channel Ten star Waleed Aly asked if Mr Albanese had consulted anyone who thought it was a good idea, Grayndler’s rep struggled to come up with an answer.
‘Which experts have you consulted with in drawing up this policy?’ asked Aly
“Are there any specific people who have said this has worked and will work in Australia too?”
The pointed question was answered with a moment of awkward silence from Mr Albanese, who finally managed to blurt out an answer.
“Yeah, someone like… well, I just told you… the countries that are rolling it out. We consult with a whole range of people, Waleed, and we always discuss our policies,” said the veteran politician.
Co-host Carrie Bickmore also questioned the policy, saying evidence abroad showed monetary incentives had limited effects.
“Why should we pay people when recent figures put vaccine hesitancy at just 11 percent?” she asked.
“We know that incentives have been used abroad during the pandemic, but is there actual evidence that they work?”
Rather than provide evidence that the scheme would work, Mr Albanese instead responded by citing the Morrison government’s policy of denying childcare parents to those who don’t get their children vaccinated.
Under the scheme, anyone fully vaccinated before December 1 would qualify for the generous $300 taxpayer-funded alms. Pictured: A woman gets a Covid shot at the Bankstown Sports Club on Tuesday
But Aly was not won.
“Peter Collignon tweeted that this was a bad idea, he made that clear earlier today,” explains the presenter.
“There is the journal of the American Medical Association to which the Prime Minister referred in Parliament today that offering these incentives has a perverse consequence.
And recently, just now, Tom from the University of Sydney, a behaviorist, made this point – the basic idea is that if you’re going to pay people to get vaccinated, it sends a signal that there has to be a reason they’re paying and this is somehow risky behavior and they may want to get rid of that altogether.’
Mr Albanese went on to say that urgent action is needed to ramp up Australia’s glacially slow vaccine roll-out, which has been hampered by failure to secure sufficient viable vaccine stocks.
Countries With The Most Vaccine Doses:
1. Mainland China 1,688,683,000
2. India 472.223.639
3. United States 346,924,345
4. Brazil 142,559,470
5. Germany 92.376.787
6. Japan 89.111.989
7. United Kingdom 85,336,436
8. France 74.071.126
9. Turkey 73,887,381
10. Italy 69,200,779
11. Indonesia 68,620,908
12. Mexico 67,594,385
13. Russia 62,369,448
14. Spain 56,795,869
15. Canada 49,566,034
16. Poland 34,463,736
17. Argentina 32,335,391
18. Pakistan 30,590,183
19. Saudi Arabia 27,810,488
20. Colombia 27,751,197
33. Australia 12,393,893
Countries with the highest vaccination rates:
1. Gibraltar 116.1%
2. Malta 86.7%
3. Pitcairn 76.6%
4. Iceland 74.6%
5. Cayman Islands 73.0%
6. United Arab Emirates 70.7%
7. Isle of Man 70.0%
8. Seychelles 69.7%
9. San Marino 68.3%
10. Nauru 66.9%
11. Bermuda 65.8%
12. Jersey 65.6%
13. Chile 64.5%
14. Uruguay 64.4%
15. Bahrain 62.2%
16. Israel 62.2%
17. Bhutan 61.8%
18. Aruba 61.7%
19. Qatar 60.9%
20. Mongolia 60.6%
86. Australia 15.4%
“We are still the last in the developed world to roll out the vaccine. We are struggling to get into the top 80 countries, and we need to get that vaccination rate up,” said Mr Albanese.
“Of course, this quarter will probably also be negative. Businesses and workers are really struggling, so providing this reward — this $300 payment — would help support jobs and economic activity when it’s really needed in the run up to Christmas.”
But Scott Morrison on Tuesday, after being briefed on the proposal, was quick to blast the idea.
“This is a serious public health crisis, it’s not a game show. If they hesitate about vaccines, I will not pay them off,” the prime minister said.
“The opposition leader’s proposal is a vote of no confidence and an insult to Australians… suggesting that they don’t get vaccinated until you hand out the money.”
Host of The Project, Waleed Aly (left) has reprimanded Anthony Albanese (right) over his controversial plan to give Australians a $300 cash incentive to get a Covid shot
Mr Albanese went on to say something urgent needs to be done to ramp up the icy slow rollout of the Australian vaccine, which has been botched by the Morrison government, which has failed to obtain sufficient viable vaccine stocks. Pictured: Sydneysiders take a closed walk on Bondi Beach on August 1
Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt also poured cold water on the proposal.
“What we’re seeing is another typical Labor Party splash of about $6 billion with no evidence that it’s necessary or that it would work,” he said.
But Mr Albanian has called the government hypocrites after expanding the similar No Jab No Pay initiative in 2018.
The unique Australian policy includes Childcare Allowance, Childcare Discount and part of the fortnightly family tax if parents refuse to vaccinate their children against other infectious diseases such as measles and polio.
“It’s exactly the same,” said Mr. Albanian.
“It’s an economic change in terms of people’s income, depending on whether the immunization has taken place or not.
“This is a serious public health crisis, it’s not a game show,” said the prime minister (pictured at a Covid media conference on Aug. 3, 2021) after being briefed on the proposal.
“What we need to do is have discussions in every bowling club, in every community about people getting vaccinated.
“Promoting that discussion in communities will bring about change.”
While some countries, such as Serbia and Brazil, have introduced incentives to get people vaccinated, such as beer, donuts and coupons, the American Medical Association believes paying for shots could make vaccine skeptics less likely to be vaccinated against Covid.
“Financial incentives are likely to discourage vaccination, especially among those most concerned about adverse effects,” the AMA said.
“Instead, conditional non-financial incentives are the preferred approach.”
HOW LIKELY TO GET COVID-19 AFTER FULL VACCINATION?
So-called “breakthrough” COVID-19 cases occur when people develop the disease 14 days or more after receiving their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine or the single injection of Johnson & Johnson.
Clinical studies have shown that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is 95% effective in preventing symptomatic diseases and the Moderna vaccine is 94.5% effective.
Meanwhile, real-world data showed that the Pfizer shot is 91% effective against all diseases for at least six months and the Moderna vaccine is 90% effective.
This means that fully vaccinated people are between 90% and 95% less likely to develop COVID-19 than unvaccinated people.
In addition, Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine studies showed 72% efficacy in the US, meaning those who received the single shot are 72% less likely to contract the disease.
When comparing fully vaccinated people who did and did not get sick, the risk is even lower.
The most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that 10,262 of at least 133 million Americans who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 later contracted the disease.
This translates to 0.00716% of people who completed their vaccine series went on to test positive.
It also represents the actual chance of getting COVID-19 after full vaccination: less than 0.01%.
In addition, fully vaccinated people who test positive have mild illnesses and are very unlikely to be hospitalized or die.
The CDC states that 99.5% of all deaths occur in unvaccinated people.
That means if the figure applies to the 3,165 Americans who have died so far in July 2021 — as of July 13 — there would be about 3,150 deaths among unvaccinated people and 15 deaths among fully vaccinated people.