Public Sector Informant: In the Delta wave of COVID, who will think of the children?

By Blair Williams
Updated September 8 2021 - 4:17am, first published September 6 2021 - 1:30am
Senator Katy Gallagher at home in quarantine with daughter Evie who recently contracted COVID-19. Picture: Karleen Minney

Young people have been largely left out of the conversation throughout the pandemic. It was not until ACT Labor senator Katy Gallagher revealed that her teenaged daughter had contracted COVID-19 at Lyneham High School that political attention turned to the experiences of children and their exclusion from the vaccination rollout. Senator Gallagher stridently critiqued the federal government for its failure to "ensure a prompt, efficient rollout of vaccines ... [leaving] children completely vulnerable to COVID-19".