There is no greater priority in Australian life at the moment than getting vaccinated against COVID-19.
Quite simply, nothing is more important.
We all need to demonstrate the sense of urgency needed to put the Australian vaccination program on hyperdrive as best as possible and to do that, we all need to do our bit.
Yes we need governments to complete their end of the bargain, but we have a stake in the game too. If you are eligible and can get the vaccine, go get it. If you are in an age group who can register for the vaccination, do that.
University of Wollongong's new Vice-Chancellor Patricia Davidson made that point loud and clear this week.
Professor Davidson is back in the country after an almost eight-year stint as Dean of the School of Nursing at John Hopkins University in Baltimore. This is someone with a firm understanding of health and health systems.
"To be able to reach the numbers we need to get herd immunity, we have to have a coordinated vaccination strategy," she said.
"I see a lot of confusion here, with people not knowing where to go, or having trouble getting an appointment.
"The role of GPs is critical in coordinating care, yet to really get to the level we need to be at, it's really important we move more to mass vaccinations.
"In the US, vaccination teams were going to nursing homes, to housing complexes, to where people live. And there was a feeling that we're all in it together - that none of us going to be okay, until we're all okay."
None of us will be okay, until we are all okay. That is the message, right there.
Until we all take our shot we will continue to see communities and local economies thrown into chaos as has happened again in Victoria. Until we take our shot we won't see a true and proper re-opening of international borders.
This is on us all. None of us are OK, until we are all OK.
Julian O'Brien is the editor of ACM's Illawarra Mercury
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