The last 18 months have been a stressful and worrying time for all of us. I have spent many nights awake concerned for my family, friends and constituents as a small unseen enemy called coronavirus has wreaked havoc across the globe.
We have been confronted with horrific scenes; mobile morgues in New York, mass grave sites in Brazil and more recently, riots due to a lack of oxygen supplies in India. Many people have succumbed and more still battle the virus' long-lasting effects.
COVID is not the flu, it is an illness whose long term impacts we are still uncovering and documenting.
Thankfully, Australia was largely untouched last year. That of course changed in June when the reluctance to lock down hard and fast saw the Delta variant of COVID-19 spread rapidly from Bondi to South West Sydney.
Delta has proven to be a more contagious variant and unlike earlier versions is increasingly affecting younger people. Approximately 25 per cent of Covid-related hospital admissions in Sydney are people under 40.
The experts agree that if we want to keep our loved ones safe, the only way out of lockdowns and to reunite with our families and friends is to get vaccinated. As supplies finally arrive in the next few months, I urge to talk to your doctor and get vaccinated.
I chose to be vaccinated because I wanted to keep myself, my family and my community safe. All my extended family and friends have now been vaccinated and I encourage you to talk to your health professional. #igotjabbed #protectsouthwest