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Vaccination Program Must Be Inclusive of All Australians

February 14, 2021

MARK BUTLER MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR HEALTH AND AGEING
MEMBER FOR HINDMARSH

ANDREW GILES MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR CITIES AND URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE
SHADOW MINISTER FOR MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS
SHADOW MINISTER ASSISTING FOR IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP
MEMBER FOR SCULLIN

Delivering a safe, rapid and effective vaccination will be one of the greatest operational challenges ever undertaken in Australia.

Clear, consistent and targeted communication will be essential to coordinate the vaccine rollout.

The experience in many countries, including the UK, Europe and US, shows us that there are higher levels of vaccine hesitancy among some multicultural communities.

That's why it's so important that the Morrison Government gets this vaccination campaign right.

We welcome the Morrison Government's commitment to a vaccination program that is inclusive and culturally safe for CALD communities.

Scott Morrison must make sure that multicultural communities are getting clear and accurate advice on when and where to be vaccinated, and that the strengths in multicultural Australia are being harnessed to help lead thisĀ approach.

Errors in translations will undermine confidence in the immunisation program, just as translation errors created confusion during the early stages of the pandemic.

Labor acknowledges the many religious organisations from different faiths have made statements encouraging people to get vaccinated.

Working with CALD community leaders and being guided by their leadership is vital to ensuring a high uptake of the vaccine.

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