The common theme among clinics which are certified to provide the vaccination is that there is no stock available.
One can only join a waiting list when one tries to get an appointment. Then the institution in question pledges to inform the person concerned when vaccine stock lands, and at that stage a booking can be made.
When that will happen is anybody's guess. And in case you think I am pulling your leg, dear reader, this is from my personal experience.
However, neither booking system is of any use if there is no vaccine. There has been much jaw about this vaccine and that, but there seems to be nothing at home when one needs it. Old Mother Hubbard's cupboard is bare.
There is one simple reason for this: government incompetence. It is always big on announcements, but operates on the principle that an ounce of image is worth a pound of performance. (thanks to the late Professor Peter J. Laurence for that line).
Incompetence of any magnitude is always tolerated. One assumes that both Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Health Minister Greg Hunt were aware, from the start of the pandemic, that Australia is an island.
Following on from that, and the relative isolation of the continent, it would also be reasonable to assume that these worthies also knew that international tourists — people from other parts of the world to make it plain — could only visit this country when the borders are open.
And that, in turn, could only happen when a substantial proportion of the populace is vaccinated — both doses — else it would not inspire confidence in any arrivals. Nor would the populace be overly happy about being exposed to others from virus-heavy nations.
Despite these few facts — which a man of low IQ like me is aware of — no steps were taken to try and get the vaccination campaign done as soon as possible. Many luminaries were basking in the glory of having kept the number of deaths down.
They all forgot that you can dine out on that only for so long. The provision of public money to citizens probably led to many eyes being glazed over and this bit of reality did not really get through.
Bangladesh, a poor country that is regularly devastated by floods, has vaccinated nearly five million of its 160-odd million people. Israel is nearing the finish line, but then it has a relatively small number – less than 10 million.
But the numbers remaining are unimportant; what matters is that these countries went on what can only be described as a war-footing and undertook the only permanent solution – insofar as one exists.
In Australia, meanwhile, Morrison and Hunt are getting ready for another media conference...