Further frustration for border communities

Further frustration for border communities

Editorial
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According to the National Mental Health Commission, pandemic fatigue is a genuine phenomenon, and I reckon plenty of people would be feeling its effects at the moment

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Do you feel like you might be suffering from pandemic fatigue?

According to the National Mental Health Commission, it's a genuine phenomenon, and I reckon plenty of people would be feeling its effects at the moment - particularly in NSW, where cases remain above 1000 a day, and in Vic, stuck in its sixth lockdown.

I imagine pandemic fatigue is also prevalent in the SA/Vic cross-border community, where residents have been surprised by unexpected restrictions being put on their movements for the umpteenth time.

This time, it was the announcement that from September 24 - a date just four weeks away at the time - those seeking to enter SA would need to have had at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose. This initially appeared to include cross-border community members, but this has since been clarified and will only apply to essential workers.

Related reading:Rollercoaster week for cross-border community members

But, this clarification did not come quickly enough to prevent concern and panic among those who had not been able to book a vaccine appointment yet, and those who wanted the choice to say no.

On a positive note, a regional representative will be added to the state's Transition Committee, which continues to play a pivotal role as we try to navigate our way through the constantly changing COVID-19 landscape. I'm just left with one question - why wasn't this done from the very start?

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