Saturday, November 27

Covid-19: Judith Collins Supports Vaccine Mandates, But Not Forever

Most National Party MPs have returned to the same room together, with a caucus meeting made possible after travel restrictions on politicians outside Auckland were lifted.

Judith Collins at Bring Back Business Presser

Judith Collins at Bring Back Business Presser
Photo: RNZ / Angus Dreaver

Yesterday’s meeting took place as thousands of anti-vaccination protesters marched towards Parliament, forcing security to be substantially increased.

He was preceded by several deputies who were questioned by the media about their support for the leader Judith Collins.

Collins said Morning report the caucus had been “very optimistic”, her MPs were very supportive and focused on “the work at hand, which is about the people of New Zealand.”

No MPs from either party addressed the protesters, and Collins said his MPs were told to stay inside.

“I made it very clear that I did not expect any of our deputies to be there.

“It was clear from the parliamentary services that the deputies were not encouraged to leave the building, the doors were closed.”

The potential threat posed by the crowd was not taken lightly, he said.

“It was quite clear that yesterday Parliament was in a state of lockdown on a level that I had never seen before.

“It was a very large group of people, but it was peaceful and we should acknowledge it, but there was certainly some cause for concern, otherwise I would not have seen this level of police.

“We have to be careful with this. It was better not to do anything … that could provoke something else.”

He said anti-vaccine threats from organized lockdown attempts were “worrisome.”

However, Collins said the government needed to provide more clarity on vaccine mandates whenever possible, particularly the length of time they might be in place.

“We cannot go down this path of having a mandate that lasts forever. Even if it is not a time frame, it must be around what is happening in terms of Covid.”

“But the important thing really has to be … to get vaccinated and you will have nothing to worry about. [about], because if you contract Covid, it is very unlikely that you will end up in the hospital or in the intensive care unit. “

This morning the party will announce its position on whether primary school students should go back to school.

“Our children have missed so much education … about 22 weeks in the last 18 months.

“We would put a halt for at least the next two years any changes in the curriculum, because in reality many teachers will only take days to prepare for these changes in the curriculum, and we have to get our children to learn again. math and English – it’s really important to kids across the country. “

As younger children return to classrooms, the possibility of the community spreading among the children increases.

“Which makes us wonder why it takes so long to get approval for children under 12 to get vaccinated,” he said.

“Obviously, children will contract viruses, they will contract diseases, they do all those kinds of things, although it is really important, our children, right at the moment when they are losing the possibility of being able to have a decent education. And for our most disadvantaged children it is even more worrying. “

Collins said that some schools had indicated that up to 60 percent of children might not return to school.

“There is a huge tsunami from the Covid cohort of children who will miss out on the opportunities that the rest of us and our children may have; that is a huge problem.”

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