Former Labor Senator Stephen Conroy says the longer the COVID-19 pandemic goes the harder it gets especially for children and their mental health but Australians should “ignore the siren call” of the anti-vaccine movement.
“The lived experience of most Australians is that the longer this pandemic goes on, the tougher it is on everybody, kids especially,” he told Sky News Australia.
“They lose all of their support networks that they form at school, they don’t get that mingling and mixing, even if it’s just going to the train station.”
Mr Conroy said being at school was a “far healthier environment” for children but the way to get back to normal was through vaccination.
“We’re being promised freedom when we hit the 70 or the 80 per cent but Australians need certainty,” he said.