It is troubling to see what mental pains people, especially young people, go through. That’s why NSW has always strived to take a balanced approach.
Whenever you are in a situation with a high vaccination shortage and a large number of patients, you always worry about the number of people going to the hospital so public health is always your first priority, but it must be balanced with mental health problems and that is why I wanted to encourage our citizens when we get to those six million stings.
I am especially worried about families in the west and southwest Sydney which are currently subject to very strict lock restrictions and if there is relief we can offer at any stage, including when we reach 70% of the first doses, we will consider them because they want us to continue with a balanced approach.
From day one, we have been criticized for whatever we do. We will continue to make decisions in the best interests of our citizens. I am not running away from that and I will accept any criticism directed at the government because what we need to do is ensure balance. I know how stressful this time is for people. It is difficult for us who have a way to deal with this, let alone children and adolescents. We will do everything to reduce the pressure on families.