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Covid-19 Australia: Viewers criticize NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard for Kiss FM plug during presser

Australians are losing it over how often Brad Hazzard calls Kyle Sandilands as health minister reveals his love for the shock jock’s ‘Get vaxxed, baby’ radio jingle

  • Viewers are outraged by Brad Hazzard’s Kyle Sandilands’ comments
  • The NSW Health Secretary mentioned the radio host and Kiss FM several times
  • Brad Hazzard remained impressed with Sandilands vaccine jingle ‘Get vaxxed baby’
  • Twitter users are left furious, labeling him a ‘dinosaur’ and ‘out of touch’

Eagle-eyed Australians have pointed out how often NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard Kyle Sandilands mentioned during Thursday’s Covid-19 press conference.

Hazzard dropped the shock jock’s name about 10 times during his brief update on daily case numbers, with some viewers wondering if it was a hidden ad.

At the conference, Hazzard discussed the state government’s plan to roll out its own vaccine campaign in an effort to target young people, while making it clear that he was a huge fan of Kyle Sandilands’ vaccine promotion on Kiss FM’s ” Get vaxxed baby’.

Kyle Sandilands wrote and performed the vaccine jingle 'get vaxxed baby' on his radio show

Kyle Sandilands wrote and performed the vaccine jingle ‘get vaxxed baby’ on his radio show

“I was ecstatic to hear Kyle and Jackie O,” the health minister said.

“Kyle did his part with get vaxxed baby. I love that song, it’s fantastic.’

Curiously, Mr Hazzard repeated the radio host’s name a few more times during the Covid-19 update, with Hugh Jackman dropping the name at one point.

“The Hugh Jackmans of the world, different people have offered to assist at different stages, so I think that might be something to look into. Maybe even Kyle, if Kyle can do it – have a baby and I listened to the song this morning and I tell you what it was a light in my life,” he said.

Even after NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian asked the Minister of Health to finalize his announcement, he resisted and continued to express his admiration for the presenter and his radio show.

“As far as I’m concerned, Kyle and Jackie O put their time into it. I heard this song this morning. I loved it.’

“Good for Kyle.” He’s ready.

Viewers were quick to comment on the health minister’s enthusiasm for the shock jock.

Brad Hazzard’s press conference should have an #Ad for how many times he’s plugged Kyle and Jackie O. Geez, the bar is low…” one viewer tweeted.

Outraged viewers took to Twitter to express their disappointment at the health minister's press conference

Outraged viewers took to Twitter to express their disappointment at the health minister's press conference

Outraged viewers took to Twitter to express their disappointment at the health minister’s press conference

The health minister brought up the shock jock's name several times during Thursday's covid press

The health minister brought up the shock jock's name several times during Thursday's covid press

The health minister brought up the shock jock’s name several times during Thursday’s covid press

Some thought the minister was out of touch with younger people who are still waiting for the vaccine

Some thought the minister was out of touch with younger people who are still waiting for the vaccine

Some thought the minister was out of touch with younger people who are still waiting for the vaccine

“Kyle Sandilands would be a better health minister than Brad Hazzard,” a Tweet suggested.

Brad Hazzard celebrated Kyle Sandilands several times during daily coronavirus press conferences where he spoke about the rollout of vaccinations in Australia

Brad Hazzard celebrated Kyle Sandilands several times during daily coronavirus press conferences where he spoke about the rollout of vaccinations in Australia

Brad Hazzard celebrated Kyle Sandilands several times during daily coronavirus press conferences where he spoke about the rollout of vaccinations in Australia

‘What does [Brad Hazzard] define as a young person? Has he met anyone under 30? He thinks, “Young people look up to Hugh Jackman, Kyle, Kiss FM!”

‘Kyle Sandilands has a new groupie – NSW Health Secretary Brad Hazzard.’ Wrote a viewer.

“Brad Hazzard thinks Kyle Sandilands is the answer to vaccine rollout problems,” read a Tweet.

‘Has a government minister given more publicity to a broadcaster?’ A viewer questioned.

On Thursday, the 50-year-old radio host played his vaccine jingle “Get vaxxed baby” and said the song “will save the world” after ranting about Australia’s low vaccination rates.

The song is an adaptation of the ’90s Vanilla Ice hit “Ice Ice Baby,” with the lyrics adapted to spread a pro-vaccination message.

This is because NSW registered 124 new Covid-19 cases following an increase in testing in Sydney, of which 48 are infectious in the community and 57 have yet to be linked to known clusters.

Users mock the minister for expressing admiration for Kyle Sandilands

Users mock the minister for expressing admiration for Kyle Sandilands

Users mock the minister for expressing admiration for Kyle Sandilands

Many were confused about the number of times the name Sandilands was mentioned during the Covid press release

Many were confused about the number of times the name Sandilands was mentioned during the Covid press release

Many were confused about the number of times the name Sandilands was mentioned during the Covid press release

Viewers took to Twitter to shut down the health minister's Kiss FM plug during a daily press conference for Covid-19 updates

Viewers took to Twitter to shut down the health minister's Kiss FM plug during a daily press conference for Covid-19 updates

Viewers took to Twitter to shut down the health minister’s Kiss FM plug during a daily press conference for Covid-19 updates

The NSW Prime Minister said many Covid-positive Sydneysiders visited pharmacies, ran errands and did essential work.

Wednesday night, 124 cases were detected from 85,185 tests, most conducted in a single 24-hour period in the state during the entire pandemic.

Of the new locally acquired cases, 54 were found in southwestern Sydney (43 percent) and a further 40 (32 percent) in the west of the city.

The spike in cases is highest during Sydney’s latest outbreak; the last time so many infections were found in NSW in one day was during the first wave in April 2020.

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