Another double donut day as Qld “charges” towards vax target

Queensland is about to hit its first major COVID-19 vaccine milestone which will trigger the easing of the state’s border restrictions.

The sunshine state is currently sitting at 69.94 per cent fully vaccinated, with the 70 per cent double-vaxxed target expected to be achieved by as early as this afternoon.

Once the target is reached, people from interstate hotspots will be allowed to fly into Queensland and quarantine at home for two weeks.


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Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said more than 23,383 people had rolled up their sleeves for the jab in the past 24 hours alone.

“That is incredible for a Saturday,” Ms D’Ath said.

Meantime, Acting Chief Health Officer Dr Peter Aitkin admitted he was more excited about another figure.

“We will get 70 per cent tomorrow,” Dr Aitken said.

“But what I’m actually really excited about is the movement towards beyond 80 per cent, towards 90 per cent.

“With three days of 17,000 and one day of 23,000, we are now charging towards 90 per cent first dose.

“If we can get to 90 per cent first dose, we know we can get 90 per cent second dose.”

It comes as the Sunshine State notched up another day of zero new cases, both locally and in hotel quarantine.

Dr Aitken said that was “amazing news” particularly for the Gold Coast, with the source of the city’s two latest cases remaining a mystery.

“What we do ask though, is that testing numbers have dropped off on the Gold Coast,” he said.

“We do need all people on the Gold Coast who have symptoms to come forward and get tested.

“Because we need to keep testing those people that may have been exposed in the community and find any cases so we can act on that.”