"Qantas set a dangerous precedent on Monday when it announced its “No Jab No Fly” policy for mandatory vaccination for
Qantas customers." Said Tracy Livingston, the NZ Outdoors Party spokesperson on health.
Tracy added "Many of us are shocked that an airline has put itself in the position of making public health decisions
that can have serious consequences. Even our own government is unable to insist on mandatory medication such as
vaccination. We call on all New Zealanders to boycott Qantas flights to show them that kiwis will not be used as a pawns
to promote vaccination and to boost profits for the pharmaceutical industry.
Since well over half the New Zealanders voting in an online poll, and around half Americans asked the same question, had
declared their intention to decline a Sars-Cov2 vaccine, discriminating against non-vaccinating individuals means that
hundreds of thousands of people will choose not to fly with Qantas anyway. Many UK travel agents have already declared
they won’t book their clients on to Qantas flights. This announcement just doesn’t make sense for an airline that needs
all the customers that it can get.
Any of the vaccines that Qantas is wanting its passengers to have, will essentially be an experimental vaccine with no
research into long term safety or side effects. The Outdoors Party like to know if Qantas will be liable for the vaccine
injuries caused by enforcing their “no jab no fly” policy? Vaccine injuries in New Zealand are covered under the
Accident Compensation Commission Act which indemnifies the manufacturer against being sued. However, in our experience
ACC seldom pays enough to cover all the problems associated with medical misadventure and the perpetrator gets away with
slap on the wrist with a wet bus ticket. Kiwis need to know who will be liable.
Qantas is insisting travellers get a vaccine whose trials have not even been designed to discover if they have any
value. Peter Doshi, Associate Editor of the BMJ analysed the trials and concluded:
“None of the trials currently under way are designed to detect a reduction in any serious outcome such as hospital
admissions, use of intensive care, or deaths. Nor are the vaccines being studied to determine whether they can interrupt
transmission of the virus.”
If these new mRNA vaccines do not prevent transfer of infection, not only will the vaccine as be pointless as a travel
vaccine, vaccine recipients will have a false sense of security believing themselves to not be infectious. This means
Alan Joyce will be getting the complete opposite of what he is attempting to achieve, actually increasing the spread of
infections on Qantas flights and around the world. If Covid-19 is as dangerous as we are led to believe, then Qantas is
further risking people’s health – both by risking vaccines adverse events AND by giving people a false sense of
Researchers are already saying that vaccine antibody protection may only last a year, whereas immunity gained by having
and fighting SARS-COV2 (and its relative corona viruses) probably lasts a lifetime. The important question that needs to
be answered is “does having vaccine immunity prevent you from developing natural immunity to COVID-19 when you come in
contact with it?” If it doesn’t, that means the Qantas policy may ensure that whole population immunity takes much
longer to achieve, again showing how short sighted and ridiculous they are.
The silliest part of the whole “no jab, no fly” mandate is that by the time a vaccination has been created, properly
tested and distributed, most of us will have created our own natural immunity to SARS-COV2. Italian researchers have
established that Italy had Sars-Cov2 far earlier than they realised and there is little doubt that New Zealand, with its
close ties to China, had also been experiencing a novel infectious agent for many months before quarantine was
instigated. Overseas researchers have found more than half their test subjects had already acquired immunity to
SARS-CoV-2 proteins. Another group found that COVID patients had cellular immunity for at least six months post
infection. Tracy Livingston says that it’s likely that if we had antibody testing at least half of us would show
The Outdoors Party urges the New Zealand Government to support and subsidise the import and use of antibody tests to
discover what percentage of the population already has immunity to COVID. This will allow us to assess local COVID data
correctly. Without proper data, the country (and Qantas) are ‘flying blind’. This would have the double benefit of
reassuring our population that we are all ‘not going to die of COVID’, and reduce the necessity for vaccines which will
save the country millions of dollars. Hundreds of doctors around the world have found effective, low-cost treatments for
COVID-19 that both save lives, reduce medical costs and obviate the need for vaccination.
"The Outdoors Party is not unsympathetic to the struggles of the airlines with the down turn in international travel but
says that forcing vaccination on travellers is not the answer to getting people back on planes. Instead the government
should be using those treatments that have been found to be effective as well as figuring out who is already immune, and
use that information to not just save lives but save airlines.
The Outdoors Party would like to reassure New Zealanders that the legislation around our Bill of Rights and The Health
and Disability Commission Act is very clear that the government can not enforce mandatory or experimental medication on
its population. Any medical treatment must always be with individual consent otherwise it would be considered assault
and may be resisted." Said Tracy Livingston.