Strange scenes erupted at Bondi on Sunday afternoon as a small group of anti-vaccine protesters surprised beach-goers with a musical parade.
About a dozen young people in beach-gear, holding signs like ‘your subservience is your consent’ walked along the surf-side promenade singing: ‘you can stick your poison vaccine up your a**e’.
The protest appeared to include some parents with children.
The lyrics were varied to include ‘you can stick your contact tracing up your a**e’ and ‘you can stick coronavirus up your a**e’.
Activist Lachlan Kavanagh led the protest down Bondi’s famous promenade on Sunday
About a dozen young people in beachwear sang: ‘you can stick your poison vaccine up your a**e’. Mr Kavanagh said he was concerned about the rapid pace of the vaccine development
The parade was led by Lachlan Kavanagh, who previously set up a ‘covid is a scam’ protest table at the famous beach on November 29.
Other protesters held up placards including one that read ‘the truth will set you free’.
Mr Kavanagh was also pictured among dozens of protesters who last Sunday swarmed a Westfield shopping centre in Bondi Junction, without wearing masks – holding signs and chanting ‘I would rather be a human than a slave’.
The anti-maskers mingled with other shoppers, who were wearing masks, and pushed wild claims such as ‘masks increase your risk of infection’.
The protesters carried signs including ‘your subservience is your consent’ at Sunday’s protest
Coronavirus vaccines are being rolled out in almost 40 countries. Pictured is a patient being jabbed with the AstraZeneca vaccine in the UK on January 4, as it battles a health emergency
Mr Kavanagh (pictured with the microphone) was also among protesters who swarmed Bondi Junction Westfield last Sunday
Mr Kavanagh sang into a cordless microphone as he strode up the promenade just after 2pm, taking advantage of the crowds who flocked to the beach on one of the few sunny days this summer.
‘The fastest vaccine ever produced takes seven years, this one takes seven months,’ he said.
‘It doesn’t take a scientist to figure out there’s something wrong … I won’t be taking that poison vaccine.’
Mr Kavanagh has set up stalls at Bondi Beach (pictured: November 29) saying covid is ‘a scam’. He argues the pandemic is being used to break down democracy and insert communism
Daily Mail Australia does not know if Mr Kavanagh is opposed to all vaccines or is just wary of the coronavirus vaccine due to its rapid roll-out.
The rapid development has caused valid concerns among some in the community who want to be sure the vaccine is safe before they take it, particularly with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines that use mRNA technology which is new.
The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine uses established technology of a harmless vaccine that it is altered to look like the coronavirus.
Regulatory authorities thoroughly review scientific data from the vaccine-makers before they approve a new vaccine.
A coronavirus jab is being considered as a ‘passport’ for travellers hoping to head overseas again. Pictured is a woman receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in Poland
Australians will wait longer to receive the vaccine than people overseas in worse-hit nations facing an immediate healthcare crisis as they have issued faster emergency approvals.
The Federal Government has fast-tracked its vaccination roll-out by several weeks to begin in early March, as four vaccines are being analysed by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
WHAT’S IN THE COVID VACCINES?
The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are mRNA vaccines. They use bits of genetic code to cause an immune response
It does not alter human cells, but gives the body instructions to build immunity to covid.
The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine uses a harmless virus altered to look like the coronavirus.
Vaccines can contain other ingredients such as aluminium to make the vaccine stable or more effective
Source: the BBC
The regular approvals process takes longer than emergency approvals – which is why the UK and the US are rolling out their vaccines first.
Health Minister Greg Hunt has said vaccination in Australia would be voluntary, but the Government would ‘strongly encourage’ people to have it.
Britain became the first country to give emergency approval on December 30 to the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine as it is battles a full-blown healthcare crisis, overwhelmed by a highly infectious new variant.
Another 1,325 Covid deaths were reported in the UK on Friday – nearly one a minute – and more than the peak of 1,224 in the first wave last April.
The grisly death toll – which has doubled in a week – took the UK to the brink of almost 80,000 victims on Friday.
British Department of Health figures show the UK has recorded more than 50,000 cases for 11 days in a row, with the five worst days of the pandemic all occurring since the start of 2021.
In a marker of how urgent the situation is in the UK, the coronavirus-hit nation also approved the use of a single dose of the two-dose vaccine in an effort to keep people out of hospitals.
Britain is already rolling out the vaccine while Australians will need to wait until March.
The BBC reported that while the Covid vaccine trials have happened at breakneck speed, they haven’t skipped any steps.
British health analyst Dr John Campbell, who has reviewed the scientific literature, said the new mRNA vaccine technology was overwhelmingly likely to be safe.
‘There’s never guarantees in health care,’ he told German news agency DW Deutsche Welle in early December.
‘Anything you give that has a definite effect is going to have a potential side-effect.
‘So far it’s looking very clean, it’s looking very efficient and it’s looking very safe from all the data that we have.
‘It’s a risk-benefit analysis because we can’t go on living as we are now with these repeated waves of coronavirus, with the deaths, with the financial impairment, with the lockdown – the overall risks from the vaccine look like being much less than carrying on living as we are.’
WHICH VACCINES HAS AUSTRALIA SECURED?
Due to arrive early 2021, but is already being rolled out in the UK and has been approved for us in Canada.
Australia secured a deal for 10 million doses, if it proves safe and effective and is approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
Each person would need two doses, meaning Australia’s initial order would only cover five million Australians.
Australia has ordered 40 million doses but it is still in the trial phase.
An extra 11 million doses were ordered after the University of Queensland’s efforts fell at the wayside, taking the total to 51 million.
AstraZeneca/University of Oxford:
There have been 33.8 million doses secured for Australia. It is still in the trial phase. 20 million more doses have now been ordered, taking the total to 53.8 million.
3.8 million of those doses will be delivered in early 2021.
University of Queensland:
Australia had ordered 51 million doses. However, the deal has been scrapped after trial participants returned false positive results for HIV.