The city of Brisbane is facing criticism after it refused to provide cat owners with a vaccination kit that could help reduce the spread of the disease.
Key points:Cat owners have been warned the vaccine could cause allergic reactionsSome councils in the state have already been told to vaccinate their catsBut the city of Brixland says it is not required to vaccine its own catsBrixland Council, which runs a suburb near Brisbane, said it has no current policy on cat vaccinations.
The council said it does not provide cat vaccination kits and does not need to provide one for cats in its area.
It is asking cat owners to contact its animal health team to request one.
“We do not require our residents to receive cat vaccination kit and we have no current plans to require residents to do so,” the council said in a statement.
“However, the council would like to remind residents of this and is encouraging people to seek advice from their local veterinarian on whether or not they would be able to provide a cat vaccination and whether or how the cat could be vaccinated if it were not.”
Cats in the city are also being tested for rabies.
Brixman councillor Chris Pramm says councils should vaccinate people to help prevent the spreadThe city council said its “frequent vaccination program” for cats, including vaccinating pets and their owners, has reduced the spread and death of the virus from humans.
But it said there are currently no plans to vaccinating its own cat population.
“It is our practice not to provide any type of cat vaccination to the public, however, we have been asked by several councils to provide vaccination kits for our resident cats,” the statement said.
“While it is our policy to do this, we are not required by our local council to do it.”
Councillor Chris Pemm said he would be concerned if the council did not provide a vaccination for cats.
“I think I’m just gonna have to think about it,” he said.
He said it would be better if the city council provided a vaccine for everyone who lives in the area, but added he was “not sure how we would get that across”.
“The council could have just given the kits to the people and it would still be good for the community,” he told 7.30.
“They could have said, ‘OK, if you have a cat, come here and get vaccinated.'”
I just think that’s just a bit of a chicken and egg situation where you get people vaccinating, and then you don’t get enough people vaccinate because you can’t get them to come to the council.”‘
No doubt’ there will be more outbreaksThe council has been urged by the ABC to vaccinates its own residents and said it is confident it has the right policies in place.”
This is a localised issue, we do not know where this is going to be, but we do know that if the virus is out there and people get it, we need to get it out,” a spokesperson said.”[The council] has had a proactive approach to the pandemic, but also we are working with local authorities to address the underlying issues that are making it more difficult for people to get vaccinated.
“The council also said it was not considering any plans to move its residents out of the area.”
Brixville Council has no plans for residents to relocate from Brixville to another location.
“The city of Queensland is not a quarantine jurisdiction and does therefore not require its residents to provide vaccines for their cats,” it said.
“Residents are currently given a vaccination schedule, which is the standard one recommended by the World Health Organization and approved by Queensland Health.”
A spokesperson for the Brisbane City Council said it had no plans at this time.
“Any information on the vaccination process in the Brisbane area will be provided to our staff upon request,” the spokesperson said in an email.
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