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Dear Department of Health,

In 2021 there were an incredible number of excess deaths, particularly in the over 65 age bracket, in excess of 9,900 above baseline benchmarks. The total COVID-19 reported deaths in 2021 are 1229 (source abs).

In January 2022 there were 2633 excess deaths above baseline benchmarks. 1289 These deaths are COVID-19 reported deaths. 1344 deaths remain above baseline benchmarks.

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act 1982, I seek access to the following COVID-19 injection data;

1. The Weekly number of COVID-19 injections administered in persons over the age of 65 in ISO week date system format commencing 22 February 2021 through 1 May 2022.

2. If possible the break down of the number of doses administered for injection type (Pfizer, Astrazeneca, Moderna, Novavax)

And furthermore

3. The document you hold in relation to your initial communication to the Prime Minister outlining concerns of excess deaths related to COVID-19 injections or the document you hold in relation to the initial communication from the Prime Minister to the Department of Health outlining concerns of excess deaths related to COVID-19 injections.

As this is a matter of grave public urgency I request 1 and 2 data forthwith.

Yours faithfully,

John Walker

FOI, Department of Health

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Dear Mr Walker,
 
Thank you for your email.
 
I refer to your request received by the Department of Health (the
department) for access to documents under the Freedom of Information Act
1982 (FOI Act). You have requested access to:
 
1. The Weekly number of COVID-19 injections administered in persons over
the age of 65 in ISO week date system format commencing 22 February 2021
through 1 May 2022.
2. If possible the break down of the number of doses administered for
injection type (Pfizer, Astrazeneca, Moderna, Novavax)
3. The document you hold in relation to your initial communication to the
Prime Minister outlining concerns of excess deaths related to COVID-19
injections or the document you hold in relation to the initial
communication from the Prime Minister to the Department of Health
outlining concerns of excess deaths related to COVID-19 injections.
 
In order to assist you with the information you are seeking to access, we
are able to provide you with the following information outside the formal
FOI process.
 
In response to points 1 and 2 of your request, please be advised that
vaccine data spanning the period for September 2021 to May 2022 is
publicly available, you can access the data using the below links:
 

 1. [1]COVID-19 vaccination daily jurisdictional breakdown
 2. [2]COVID-19 vaccination daily rollout update
 3. [3]COVID-19 vaccination – vaccination data

 
Regarding point 3, Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), which is part
of the department, has advised the following:
 
The TGA analyses adverse event report data to identify possible safety
issues for investigation. If these investigations confirm a safety signal,
the TGA takes appropriate action. The TGA reviews all adverse events after
COVID-19 vaccination where a fatal outcome is reported. This review is
designed to assess whether the medical conditions that caused death
represent an emerging safety concern with the vaccine. For each report we
receive, a team of staff, including doctors and nurses, consider the
strength of the evidence for a link between vaccination and the condition
that caused the death. The team may request more information from health
authorities and coroners. The TGA does not undertake autopsies, request
coronial investigations or make formal determinations of the cause of
death. In Australia, coroners and treating doctors perform this role.
 
All reports of death are included in our safety monitoring data, even if a
coroner or expert panel has concluded it is unrelated to COVID-19
vaccination. Reviewing individual reports of adverse events with fatal
outcomes is just one part of the TGA’s COVID-19 vaccine monitoring
program. We also conduct analyses across all adverse event reports,
including those with fatal outcomes, to detect rare or emerging safety
signals. Our vaccine surveillance staff monitor the medical literature,
media and other potential sources of new safety information. We
also collaborate with international regulators to review global safety
data.
 
Any deaths which the TGA concludes are causally linked to any of the
COVID-19 vaccines are reported on by the TGA. They are all included in a
weekly safety report for COVID-19 vaccines published on the TGA website.
All weekly safety reports remain available on the TGA website at this
address:
[4]https://www.tga.gov.au/periodic/covid-19....
 
Taking the above information into consideration, we would like to confirm
if you would agree to withdrawing your FOI request?
 
In the event you wish to proceed with your FOI request, we kindly ask you
resubmit your request with a new scope taking the public information into
account.
 
Can you please advise us of your response as soon as practicable.
 
Kind regards,
FOI Officer
Freedom of Information Section
Legal & Assurance Division | Corporate Operations Group
Legal Advice & Legislation Branch
Australian Government Department of Health
T: 02 6289 1666 | E: [5][email address]
GPO Box 9848, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia
 
The Department of Health acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of
Australia and their continued connection to land, sea and community. We
pay our respects to all Elders past and present.
 
 
 
 

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Dear TGA,

I refer to your response received 19 May 2022.

Your request to withdraw my FOI request is rejected.

The vaccination data you have directed me to does not fall within the scope of my request.

Regarding point 3, I reaffirm that I seek "The document you hold in relation to your initial communication to the
Prime Minister outlining concerns of excess deaths related to COVID-19
injections or the document you hold in relation to the initial
communication from the Prime Minister to the Department of Health
outlining concerns of excess deaths related to COVID-19 injections. "

Yours sincerely,

John Walker

FOI, Department of Health

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Good morning,

Acknowledgement of receipt of Freedom of Information request

I refer to your request received by the Department of Health (the
department) for access to documents under the Freedom of Information Act
1982 (FOI Act). You have requested access to:

1. The Weekly number of COVID-19 injections administered in persons over
the age of 65 in ISO week date system format commencing 22 February 2021
through 1 May 2022.

2. If possible the break down of the number of doses administered for
injection type (Pfizer, Astrazeneca, Moderna, Novavax)

3. The document you hold in relation to your initial communication to the
Prime Minister outlining concerns of excess deaths related to COVID-19
injections or the document you hold in relation to the initial
communication from the Prime Minister to the Department of Health
outlining concerns of excess deaths related to COVID-19 injections.

The reference number for your request is FOI-3798. Please ensure that you
quote this number in future correspondence with us concerning this
request.

Timeframes

Your request was received on 13 May 2022. The statutory timeframe for
processing your request is 30 calendar days and you should expect to be
notified of a decision from the department on or before 12 June 2022. The
period of 30 days may be extended if the department needs to consult
third parties or for other reasons. We will advise you if this happens.

Other information

The department may impose a charge for the work involved in providing
access to the documents.  If this request attracts a charge you will be
notified in writing.

Unless you advise otherwise:

·         any draft and duplicate documents will be excluded from the
scope of your request, and

·         any Commonwealth employee names below Senior Executive Service
level and direct telephone numbers of all staff will be excluded from the
scope of your request under s22(1)(a)(ii) of the FOI Act.

Please note that information released under the FOI Act may later be
published online on our disclosure log
[1]www.health.gov.au/resources/foi-disclosure-log, subject to certain
exceptions. (For example, personal information will not be published where
this would be unreasonable.)

You can contact the FOI team via email at [2][email address] or by phone
on 02 6289 1666, should you have any questions.

 

Kind regards,

FOI Officer
Freedom of Information Section

Legal & Assurance Division | Corporate Operations Group

Legal Advice & Legislation Branch

Australian Government Department of Health

T: 02 6289 1666 | E: [3][email address]

GPO Box 9848, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

 

The Department of Health acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of
Australia and their continued connection to land, sea and community. We
pay our respects to all Elders past and present.

 

 

 

 

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Dear FOI Officer,

I advise that my FOI request includes any draft and duplicate documents I regard to 3. of my request.

Yours sincerely,

John Walker

FOI, Department of Health

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Good afternoon,

 

I refer to your request of 13 May 2022 to the Department of Health
(department), seeking access under the Freedom of Information Act 1982
(Cth) (FOI Act) in the following terms:

1. The Weekly number of COVID-19 injections administered in persons over
the age of 65 in ISO week date system format commencing 22 February 2021
through 1 May 2022.
2. If possible the break down of the number of doses administered for
injection type (Pfizer, Astrazeneca, Moderna, Novavax)
3. The document you hold in relation to your initial communication to the
Prime Minister outlining concerns of excess deaths related to COVID-19
injections or the document you hold in relation to the initial
communication from the Prime Minister to the Department of Health
outlining concerns of excess deaths related to COVID-19 injections.

Notice of Third Party Consultation

 

Documents have been identified in scope to which third parties are
involved and therefore appropriate consultation is required.

The decision maker, an officer authorised under section 23(1) of the FOI
Act to make decisions in relation to Freedom of Information requests, has
determined that the requirement of sections 27 of the FOI Act makes it
appropriate to extend the timeframe for dealing with your request.

Pursuant to section 15(6) of the FOI Act, this allows an additional 30
days to process your request.

Accordingly, the statutory due date for this request is now 12 July 2022.
We will endeavour to finalise your request as quickly as possible.

 

Relevant provisions

 

The FOI Act, including the provisions referred to in this email, can be
accessed from the Federal Register of Legislation website:
[1]https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C...

 

If you require clarification of any of the matters discussed in this email
you should contact the department’s FOI Unit by email at
[2][email address].

 

Kind regards

 

Daniel
FOI Officer
Freedom of Information Section

Legal & Assurance Division | Corporate Operations Group

Legal Advice & Legislation Branch

Australian Government Department of Health

T: 02 6289 1666 | E: [3][email address]

GPO Box 9848, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

 

The Department of Health acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of
Australia and their continued connection to land, sea and community. We
pay our respects to all Elders past and present.

 

 

 

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FOI, Department of Health

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Dear Mr Walker

 

Please find attached correspondence in relation to your Freedom of
Information request.

Regards

 

 

Daniel

 

FOI Officer – Freedom of Information Section

Legal Advice and Legislation

Legal and Assurance Division | Corporate Operations Group

Australian Government, Department of Health and Aged Care

T: 02 6289 1666 | E: [1][email address]

PO Box 9848, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

The Department of Health and Aged Care acknowledges the traditional owners
of country throughout Australia, and their continuing connection to land,
sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to
elders both past and present

 

 

 

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