Queensland has recorded no new COVID-19 cases today, both locally and in hotel quarantine.
Transport Minister Mark Bailey confirmed the good news at a press conference a short time ago, revealing there’s now just 12 active cases in the state.
It comes as Queensland’s vaccination blitz continues, with Gold Coasters being warned today is the last day to get a jab to be protected when our borders reopen.
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From December 17, fully-vaccinated travellers will be able to freely travel into the sunshine state, with health officials admitting there will be no escaping the virus once the border reopens.
Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Minister Bailey said there is no doubt “you will be exposed to COVID”.
“Whether you’re in regional Queensland or Brisbane or the Gold Coast, Covid is coming,” he said.
“This isn’t just a race now, it’s a sprint and we need people to get vaccinated and we need it to happen ASAP so you are protected for when the borders open.”
“It takes five weeks to get full protection if you get vaccinated today”.
Minister Bailey said the pop-up vaccine clinics across the weekend have proven to be successful, with more than 1500 vaccinations administered at high schools and more than 1000 at surf life-saving clubs across the South East.
A total of 77.3 per cent of Queenslanders have now had at least one dose, while 63.5 per cent are fully vaccinated.
It comes as police warn motorists to expect major delays at the border come Christmas.
Officials are expecting to intercept around 40,000 cars a day once the border reopens, with the congestion not expected to ease until checkpoints are removed when we hit 90 per cent fully-vaccinated.