Josh's Story

17 November, 2023

Hello, Russell Broadbent here – your member for Monash.

Fire Rescue Victoria is the last firefighting agency in Australia enforcing Covid vaccine mandates.

On 20 October 2023 the Commonwealth government conceded the Covid-19 emergency response is over. 

Meanwhile, there are still 30 mandated professional fire-fighters who’ve been locked out of their stations for more than two years because they refused to take an experimental vaccine.

This is senseless, it’s illogical and it’s inhumane.

But here’s the clincher. Fire Rescue Victoria’s own risk assessment acknowledges the risk of Covid-19 vaccination side effects - including myocarditis, pericarditis and thrombocytopenia - may lead to severe injury or even death.

So, the FRV is responding to an emergency that is officially over, by mandating an injection that doesn’t stop the virus, while acknowledging the injection itself may harm or even kill the recipient. If this risk assessment doesn’t vindicate the stance taken by these firies, what does?

FRV produced this Risk Assessment in May 2023, yet it took an FOI request for these FRV firies to get a copy. 

This risk assessment 100% vindicates the firies who are still being threatened & punished for speaking out against the mandates. But it’s also a chilling admission for the colleagues who took the vaccine – especially those who are now on Workcover after suffering severe injuries following the jab.

This is a blight on our nation – it’s unjust and an absolute disgrace.

That’s just as I see it.

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