THE Tasmanian Health Department said recently that there would be 96,000 free meningococcal vaccines available for age groups ranging from six months up to 21 years of age.
According to latest ABS figures there are 120,000 Tasmanians in that age range.
The Health Minister needs to have someone look at the figures because there are going to be about 24,000 that are going to miss out.
There is another group that will have to pay for their vaccines, one report earlier in the week was quoted as saying a cost of about $1000 for the course of shots.
A report in The Examiner said $230.
Last week we were told that people could go to their local pharmacy and have the injections there, then we were informed that many pharmacies have no one qualified to administer the injections.
A special course has been arranged for some staff apparently.
And the government wonder why no one bothers.
It was the same when the panic about the influenza virus was due to hit once again earlier this year.
Press and television reports from the government and health departments urging everyone to go and see their GP and have their flu shot.
Many citizens made appointments with their GPs for the vaccine, but when they turned up for the appointment in late March or early April, were told to come back in four weeks because the vaccine was not even in the state.
John Denne, Longford.
Evacuation of Swim Centre
CONGRATULATIONS to the staff of Launceston Aquatic Centre on Thursday, August 2 at approximately 4pm, when the evacuation alarms went off for an efficient evacuation.
But dozens of wet freezing children standing on icy concrete in only wet bathers outside the centre for 10 to 15 minutes in the middle of winter is not good planning.
To the City of Launceston council, how about supplying tarps for kids to sit on and cover themselves at these times of emergencies.
Lindy Bailey, Prospect.
Turnbull v Banks
PRIME Minister Mr Turnbull says there is more to be done in ensuring customers get a fair deal from the banks.
I am sorry, Mr Turnbull, that those are empty words that mean nothing to the banks.
Customers are still being trodden over and always will be ANZ just recently announced it is closing the branches at St Helens and also the Prospect branch.
They have just got too big for any government to handle, let alone get a fair deal from.
David Parker, West Launceston.
I IMAGINE I am not the only one who has a concern or two about the structures that have appeared in the Brisbane Street Mall.
I know the idea of bringing the country into the city is endearing but I wonder if it was absolutely necessary to fill this popular public place with shearing shed architecture?
David Broughton, Legana.
The AFL only have themselves to blame for the current state of the game as a whole.
Instead of considering rule changes to improve the matches as a spectacle the AFL hierarchy should concentrate of fixing the fixture into a fairer system.
The recent match between North Melbourne and West Coast at Blundstone Arena was the first time the teams have played each other since round one 2017.
Instead of the AFL trying to boost their revenue with high profile teams clashing more frequently, make the home and away games much fairer by at least teams playing each ounce before clashing again.
The game is not all about dollars in case they haven't noticed.
Robert Lee, Summerhill.
THE AFL must introduce the red card for a serious offence.
The victim is off the field for the rest of the game leaving the team one player short so the offender should be off the field for the rest of the game.
This is 100 per cent justice. Any type of punching should be eliminated with it being punished as judged.
It is a bad image on the game. Serious public offences should be treated accordingly with an eye for an eye.
Don Bricknell, Riverside.
A sickening sight
INEXPERIENCED 18-year-olds are not physically or mentally ready to be thrust into today’s tough body contact football.
To try and get a handle on why someone would punch a defenceless 18-year-old, I can only guess. Because he was only 18 years old.
Would a bigger stronger hardened experienced 28-year-old be given the same treatment?
Hugh Boyd, Prospectvale.
THEY want to change the rules mid-stream to our Aussie Rules Football.
They say that it will have no bearing on the finals as the games to be trialed will be between teams outside of the eight. I don't believe it is wise to change the rules during the season.
I believe that a possible rule change for 2019 season could be that when a player in possession of the ball kicks the ball toward his backline and the ball is then marked by a teammate, it should be play on, allowing play to flow.
Danny Le Fevre, St Leonards.