Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is currently under fire for refusing to take down a tweet that spreads COVID-19 vaccination misinformation. Instead, she has decided to create tweets clarifying her statements, but even those have been found to be problematic.
Palaszczuk really jumped on her main account and hit us with the “I said what I said” line of play, didn’t she?
The latest Twitter hullabaloo comes from a tweet that she authored which told her followers that the UK wasn’t allowing under 40s to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine. The tweet was originally intended to bolster her argument about how Australia shouldn’t risk the health of its young people all in the name of vaccination.
“There has been no National Cabinet decision about providing AstraZeneca to people under 40,” she tweeted.
“The guidelines we’re following from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) and the Australian Medical Association are clear.
“Even the UK Government won’t allow their under 40s to get the AstraZeneca vaccine.”
Long story short, that statement isn’t true at all.
The guidelines we’re following from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) and the Australian Medical Association are clear.
Even the UK Government won’t allow their under 40s to get the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Please follow the health advice.
— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) June 30, 2021
The thing is, the UK is advising their young people to consider alternative options to the AstraZeneca vaccine if possible, and only if it doesn’t delay them in getting vaccinated as soon as possible.
A clear stance on a vaccination rollout? I’m shaking.
Instead of deleting the incorrect tweet, Palaszczuk instead tweeted out this:
Here is the article I referred to yesterday and was asked about today. Even the UK Government is offering an alternative to AstraZeneca for under 40s: https://t.co/yVWuMhyNgS
— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) July 1, 2021
Notice how she says the UK government is offering an alternative instead of saying that it straight up won’t allow their under 40s to get the Astra jab? Funny how language changes everything.
The BBC article linked even contains a quote from Professor Wei Shen Lim that goes against the statement made by Palaszczuk in her original tweet.
“As COVID-19 rates continue to come under control, we are advising that adults aged 18-39 years with no underlying health conditions are offered an alternative to the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, if available, and if it does not cause delays in having the vaccine,” he tells the BBC.
According to the Brisbane Times, when Annastacia Palaszczuk and her team were questioned on whether the original and incorrect tweet would be taken down, they responded that it would not, because Palaszczuk had already “clarified” her words with a follow-up tweet.
Clarification or not, it’s rather bold to be tweeting out things that are incorrect and keeping them up for everyone to still see. Folks, this rollout, am I right? What a wild fkn ride.
If you need me I’m going to be shoving my head into the sand.