Covid-19: Nick Coatsworth’s shot at Kerryn Phelps on school issues during Omicron


Former Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nick Coatsworth gave a blunt response to another prominent doctor concerned about the return to school.

Two Australian health experts have clashed over when children should return to school as the Omicron strain of Covid-19 continues to rise.

Former Australian Medical Association president Kerryn Phelps and former deputy chief medical officer Nick Coatsworth disagree over the issue worrying parents across the country.

Professor Phelps posted a video on social media, criticizing the NSW government for wanting to send children back to school for the first day of the school year and praising the more ‘sane’ approach of the school year. Queensland to hold back during the peak of the Omicron wave.

“Sending kids back to class at the height of a pandemic makes absolutely no sense,” she said.

But Dr Coatsworth had a blunt response to his video.

“Ignore this individual,” he wrote.

Professor Phelps said classrooms were overcrowded and most were poorly ventilated.

“Children in primary schools are still not vaccinated for the most part and there are supply problems with the vaccine,” she said.

The former MP for Wentworth and deputy mayor of Sydney said that meant most children would not be vaccinated until school started.

“The long-term implications of even a mild Covid infection for a child, including a long Covid, are still largely unknown,” she said.

“If children get sick, their caregivers should stay home during their time of isolation. If caregivers get sick, who cares for sick children? “

Professor Phelps also noted that with the high number of Covid-19s in NSW, many teachers could have the virus or become close contacts, resulting in fewer teachers available in classrooms.

“There will be logistical issues for all teachers to receive a third dose before the start of the term,” she said.

In a later article, Dr Coatsworth explained his position.

“The starting point is to keep the kids in school and start the term as planned. All subsequent actions flow from this, ”he said.

“Blended learning or distance learning must be opposed by Australian parents. There is no justification for this.


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