“Your vaccine has to do its work, mate”: Kate Langbroek and Hamish Macdonald brought an off-air fight to the screen in a fiery Project segment.
The Project got off to a fiery start on Tuesday night when panellists Kate Langbroek and Hamish Macdonald got into an on-air disagreement over vaccinations in the program’s opening minutes.
After a news item about mandatory Covid vaccinations for employees in some workplaces, Langbroek confessed she and Macdonald had already clashed about the issue during an off-air briefing.
“You weren’t calling me a gentleman at that point,” said Macdonald.
“Nearly everyone was (pro) mandatory vaccine, but I‘m not mandatory vaccine for work.
“I’m not anti-vax, but I’m very uncomfortable prescribing mandatorily to people what they have to put in their bodies to work or participate in – I‘m just not,” said Langbroek, who suggested her reticence may be due to her upbringing as a Jehovah’s Witness.
“They had the concept of disfellowshiping, which I find so repugnant.
“I hate the thought that people will be disfellowshiped from their lives because they have hesitation or doubts about the vaccine,” she said.
But, said Macdonald, “the reality is that hesitation can impact other people and their health. So as an employer, you’re responsible not just to Kate, who might be cautious, you’re responsible to all your employees, right? If you let Kate continue to come into work, you can transmit it to us and then we can transmit it to our families. If you want to visit …”
“That’s when your vaccine has to do its work, mate!” Langbroek interjected, wagging her finger.
“The reality is, if someone comes to our workplace, gives it to me, can I take it to a residential aged care facility, where my father might be, and then spread it through there. I don‘t want to do that.
“I think we all have the right to be able to go to work and be able to work in a safe environment,” said Macdonald, which Langbroek agreed with.
But, she asked, “If you had the right to two go into your workplace and feel protected, does someone else also not have the right to decide what they put in their body?”
Langbroek finished the discussion by pointing out that she’s had one jab and that one of her children was vaccinated earlier that day, so the question was more “ideological” than practical.
Later in the episode, another eyebrow-raising confession from mum-of-four Langbroek, who told the panel after a news item about microwaved foods: “I don‘t want to sound like a flat earther, but I also don’t have a microwave … I don’t like them.”
“You’re having a hell of a night, Kate,” quipped fellow panellist Peter Helliar.
Originally published as Kate Langbroek and Hamish Macdonald clash over mandatory vaccinations
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