Let's admit we've chosen to lock away the vulnerable

By Dan Dixon
Updated January 7 2022 - 5:47pm, first published 10:00am
As things stand, the quality of life for the immunocompromised is being sacrificed so the rest of us can get on with things. Picture: Shutterstock

Before Christmas I flew from Sydney to Brisbane to visit my parents for the first time in nine months. My father, who is unwell, receives treatment that suppresses his immune system, and, despite having long been eager to be vaccinated against COVID, doctors only recently permitted his first dose, and they remain unsure whether he can develop antibodies sufficient to fight the disease. Given my father's vulnerability, I agonised over the decision to travel, but his doctors told me that if I took precautions (including locking down for a week prior to the trip), the visit would be worth the risk.