At Freedom of Choice’s first forum in Mullumbimby on Sunday, attendees heard pensioners would have their Medicare cancelled if they weren’t vaccinated and airlines could possibly refuse passengers who weren’t fully vaccinated.
At Freedom of Choice’s first forum in Mullumbimby on Sunday, attendees heard pensioners would have their Medicare cancelled if they weren’t vaccinated and airlines could possibly refuse passengers who weren’t fully vaccinated. The Northern Star Archives

‘No jab, no pay’ for pensioners ‘completely untrue’

THE Federal Department of Health has refuted claims made by anti-vaccination campaigners that a “no jab, no pay”-style measure would be introduced for pensioners.

On Sunday, Mullumbimby-based anti-vaccination organisation Freedom of Choice held its first public meeting and reported between 400 and 500 attendees at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall.

One of the issues brought up at the forum was the introduction of measures that would see Medicare cancelled for pensioners who weren’t vaccinated and airlines possibly refusing passengers who weren’t fully vaccinated.

“These suggestions are completely untrue,” a spokesperson for the Department of Health said in a statement.

“We haven’t heard of either proposal.

“We are not aware of any such proposals before Parliament regarding vaccination.”

In a poster promoting the event, the anti-vaccination group wrote “The NJNP (No Jab No Play) legislation affects EVERYONE!

“It is the beginning of a slippery slope towards mandatory vaccination for all ages.

“No Jab, No Job? No Jab, No Pension?

“We are extremely alarmed at this time in our history that there exists a possibility that the government could soon initiate mandatory child and adult vaccinations unless we all make a stand now.”

The recently-released National Health Performance Authority report shows only 46.7% of Mullumbimby five-year-olds are vaccinated, compared to the North Coast’s average, 89.2%, which was still the lowest in the country.

The highest level of childhood vaccination in the country went to Murrumbidgee, west of Canberra, with 95.6%.

For more information on the national health report, go to www.myhealthycommunities.gov.au