The tragedy in aged care is much bigger than the virus

On Christmas Eve, I visited my father in his aged care facility. After two years of pandemic-related restrictions I look forward to our infrequent encounters, but my ulterior motive for visiting that day was to administer his COVID-19 booster dose.  

The system that had imposed strict contact limits for two years had failed to provide what was arguably the most important part of his protective armour; timely vaccination according to the guidelines.  

This anecdote is representative of what has been allowed to