The Week That Was - 18 June 2021

Katie Woolf's The Week That Was panel included Minister for Health Natasha Fyles, Shadow Minister for Health Bill Yan and Independent Member for Araluen Robyn Lambley.


Topics covered:

  • NSW Covid situation - Quarantine and testing directions have been declared effective immediately for anyone in the NT who has been to Covid-19 public exposure sites in New South Wales.
  • Covid Vaccine - Can you still book? The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has issued updated advice regarding the provision of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in Australia.

This includes:

1.  The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is now recommended for people aged 60 years and over.

2.  People who have had their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine without any serious adverse events can safely be given a second dose, including adults aged 50-59 years.

3.  The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is recommended for people aged 16 to 59 years.

4.  It is strongly recommended all adults are vaccinated against COVID-19.

  • ATAGI has recommended this change in advice due to a higher risk of thrombosis and thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) observed in the 50-59 year old age group in Australia following the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, than initially estimated or reported internationally.
  • Impact on tourism as hot spots are declared - Tourism operators in Kakadu say bookings have gone completely ‘bust’ for the next two weeks due to a wave of cancellations after Melbourne’s Covid-19 outbreak.
  • Finke Tragedy - Unfortunately some terrible news out of Central Australia at the Finke with a man in his 60s killed after being struck by a vehicle while watching the Finke Desert Race on Sunday, NT Police have confirmed.
  • Estimates - Health, testing, infrastructure, cost of climate policy, alcohol legislation, shade structure.
  • ICAC - Three former attorneys-general have called for an overhaul of the Territory’s anti-corruption watchdog after ICAC Commissioner Ken Fleming attacked a whistleblower and threatened to force a journalist to reveal his sources.
  • Bladin Village or Farm Quaranitne - calls getting louder to sort this situation out.
  • Police officer spat on - Follows discussions with Paul MccUE yesterday about assault on police in Central Australia last weekend. The Association has condemned the attacks.

You can listen to the full conversation here: