18 COVID-19 vaccination hubs will be open across Queensland this weekend as the state government aims to boost jab rates in the Sunshine State.
Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath announced on Thursday the sites would offer the Pfizer jab and would only be accessible for frontline workers, aged care and disability staff and people aged between 40 and 49.
The facilities will not be open to walk-ins.
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Minister D’Ath said it was vital people, particularly those in the aged care sector, put their hand up to get the jab.
“We will be calling on all residential aged care and disability workers to come forward and register so that we can get them booked in this weekend to get vaccinated,” Ms D’Ath said.
“If they do that, it means in three weeks time we could have our aged care workforce fully vaccinated.
“They are the frontline for keeping our most vulnerable safe.”
In addition to the 15 existing vaccinate centres, Logan Entertainment Centre, Rocklea Showgrounds and Springfield Tower will open on Saturday.
Ten of those sites will also be open on Sunday.
Officials hope to complete 15,000 vaccinations over the weekend.
The Health Minister stressed it was vital people registered to get the jab first.
I want to be clear, these sites are not for the general public. It is not open to walk-ins,” she said.
“This is open to the 40 to 49-year-olds who have been registering with us, over 30,000 have registered with us so far to get vaccinated, and also residential aged care and disability workers who will get priority over the weekend.”
It follows revelations this week that a number of Gold Coast residents were waiting as long as eight hours to get vaccinated at the Gold Coast University Hospital’s vaccine centre.
Minister D’Ath said it was important people booked first before heading to the clinic.
“I have seen some of the lines at the Gold Coast,” she said.
“We would prefer people to book at our sites so we can manage the lines. We don’t want people waiting for hours and hours in line.
“We want people booking in. We will give priority to those booking in the eligibility groups that we have indicated.
So if you’re walking in outside of those groups you may not get vaccinated at all or, if you do, you may be waiting until the end of the day to see if there are any spare vaccinations.”