An infectious disease expert has appeared on radio to make a very strong argument for getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

Melissa Iaria NCA NewsWire DECEMBER 16, 20201:13PM

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Those who choose to refuse the COVID-19 jab “can go to heaven early”, an infectious disease expert says.

Sydney University Professor Robert Booy says people have a choice whether to get vaccinated against coronavirus.

“The risk-benefit ratio is so strongly in favour of vaccination, but if people don’t want to have it, they can go to heaven early if they don’t want to be vaccinated,” Professor Booy told 3AW radio on Wednesday.

“That’s a choice people can choose to make. We don’t lock them up and make them have a vaccine.

“The vaccine really does sell itself.”

News Corp Australia has revealed those aged over 70 will be the first to get the jabs, followed by those 65-70, with the rest of the population divided into five-year increment age groups.

Professor Booy said older people are first in line because they are at greater risk of death.

“It’s not just about getting older people vaccinated as though they’re guinea pigs, they’re actually being prioritised because they’re at risk of death and dying,” he said.

“The issue with over 70s is there’s a risk of between 5-10 per cent once you’ve got disease that you’ll die and it becomes 10-20 per cent once you’re over 80.

Nurses prepare a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images/AFP

Nurses prepare a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images/AFPSource:AFP

“It’s not just age that puts you at risk. It’s also having a chronic heart or lung problem, having diabetes, being overweight, being pregnant, so there’s a bunch of risk factors not related to age, but age is a good way of dividing people up.”

Professor Booy estimated at least 80-90 per cent of Australians will want to have the vaccine to protect themselves, their family and community.

The rollout of approved vaccines in Australia is planned for March.

The government will finalise who gets the vaccine and when in late January when it will publish expert advice on the immunisation roll out plan.

The vaccine will be free but not mandatory.

Comment: I think the professor is making a veiled reference to the guillotine or some similar demise for those not prepared to take the new vaccine