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Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has been grilled at a public hearing into the state’s COVID-19 pandemic response, revealing he has not given advice on key health matters.

The decision to increase tennis crowd capacity, the introduction of booster shot mandates and halting IVF procedures were all decisions Professor Brett Sutton did not make, the hearing heard.

Professor Sutton and the Department of Health’s Deputy Secretary Public Health Policy Nicole Brady appeared at the first Pandemic Declaration Accountability and Oversight Committee’s public hearing today.

Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton.
Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton has revealed he has not given advice on key health matters. (Getty)

“Was it your advice to stop IVF?” Professor Sutton was asked in the hearing.

“Ah, no it wasn’t,” he said.

Professor Sutton said he had not been consulted for public health advice on the issue of introducing more vaccine mandates.

“I haven’t been requested to provide broader advice on vaccine mandates,” he said.

It comes after Premier Daniel Andrews yesterday said additional booster vaccine mandates were set to come into effect for more Victorian workers.

“There has already been some mandating done for third doses and there will be more,” Mr Andrews said.

“As for fourth and fifth doses, let’s wait and see how this goes. Being vaccinated saves lives.”

Professor Sutton also answered questions on easing crowd capacity limits at the Australian Open, which increased from 50 per cent to 80 per cent by the end of the tournament.

The decision about increasing crowd capacity at the Australian Open was made by Health Minister Martin Foley.

“I had a request for a public health view and I provided no recommendation for or against,” Professor Sutton said.

“I said that it was primarily a matter really of social license and social considerations as a really significant public event.”

The tense meeting lasted for just over two hours and it is expected there will be more public hearings throughout the year, which could see the premier and health minister answer questions.

Source: 9News

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