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Shayne Mallard Calls For Covid Volunteer Army

By Office of the Hon. Shayne Mallard MP
Archived 25 Oct 2021 - Posted: 26 Aug 2021
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Government Whip and Parliamentary Secretary Shayne Mallard has called for the urgent establishment of a volunteer corps to assist in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr Mallard wrote to Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Health Minister Brad Hazzard, encouraging the formation of a COVID citizens volunteer corps.

A volunteer corps would support the stretched front line workers from emergency services through to health and boost morale.

Mr Mallard believes many fully vaccinated people locked down at home with the appropriate background and training are willing to step forward to help fight COVID-19 on the front lines.

In the letter, Mr Mallard offered his assistance in establishing a COVID volunteer corps that would drive action and awareness in hotspot areas.

“Working from home and fully vaccinated whilst my fellow citizens are in great distress and growing need is totally unacceptable for me,” wrote Mr Mallard.

Citing the Cooee March of the First World War, Mr Mallard suggested that volunteers conduct a similar digital march with an online campaign to encourage vaccination.

He wrote that fully vaccinated volunteers could receive training in COVID-safe practices and deploy in hotspot areas like South West Sydney to encourage awareness and action around COVID-19.

“Such a volunteer Corps and “Cooee” campaign will not only raise awareness but be a morale boost for our existing and no doubt exhausted front line health and emergency services workers,” wrote Mr Mallard.

 
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