Walt Secord’s fiancee sends vaccination message to Russian-speakers

July 11, 2021 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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At the beginning of the current COVID lock-down, NSW Shadow Minister for Police and Counter-Terrorism Walt Secord enlisted his Moscow-born fiancée, Julia Levitina to record a message in Russian to urge the community to get vaccinated.

Walt Secord and Julia Levitina

It was part of a State campaign led by NSW Labor leader Chris Minns to release messages in a number of community languages to encourage people to socially distance; get vaccinated and comply with the COVID health orders.

“We have a very important message for our communities. Together we can get through this but we must listen to the health orders,” Mr Minns said.

Among the other State parliamentarians issuing messages were: Shadow Minister for Multiculturalism Steve Kamper; Macquarie Fields MP Anoulack Chanthivong in Lao; Canterbury MP Sophie Cotsis in Greek; and Lakemba MP Jihab Dibb in Arabic.

Mr Secord, who is also Deputy Chair of the NSW Parliamentary Friends of Israel said: “Unfortunately within a small section of the Russian-speaking community, there is some vaccination hesitancy – especially amongst the older members of the community. That is why I enlisted Julia to urge people to get vaccinated and spread the message.”

“Julia and I are both 100 per cent COVID vaccination compliant. We had both doses with no side effects,” Mr Secord said.

“We are in all in this together. The best way to protect the community and keep the economy running is to get the COVID vaccination.”

The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) reports that less than nine per cent of Australians had the required two doses to be fully vaccinated compared to almost 60 per cent in Israel – the second-highest nation in the world.

In the United Kingdom, it is 51 per cent; in the USA – 48 per cent and in Canada – 42 per cent.  Overall, Australia is ranked 38th out of 38 nations on the OECD register.

As for a State-by-State comparison, NSW is seventh out of eight Australian jurisdictions at 9.9 per cent behind the ACT, the Northern Territory, Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland.

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