Vaccine

First phase of COVID-19 vaccine rollout completed at GC Hospital

ALL Gold Coast University Hospital staff, being vaccinated under the first phase of the state’s rollout, have received their first dose of the jab.

Out of the more than 10,000 staff at the facility, 6,308 have been given their first dose of the Pfizer jab and they are now moving from Phase 1A to Phase 1B.

Registered nurse, Zoe Park, who was the first person to receive the vaccine in Queensland, has now received her second dose of the Pfizer jab.


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“That’s really exciting news,” Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said.

“On the first day here they did 203 vaccinations. Now they’re hoping to do 3,000 this week.”

3067 people were vaccinated across Queensland on Monday, bringing the total number of vaccinations across the state to 21,861.

“This puts us on track to have all of our Phase 1A group vaccinated, for their first vaccine, within a fortnight,” Ms D’Ath said.

“Our target is to have the state government’s implementation of vaccination for 1B finished around mid-June.

“The rest in 1B, which is around 70 per cent, will be the Commonwealth’s responsibility and they’re working through that with GP’s and also with pharmacists.”

There has been concern about supply of the vaccine right in Queensland, and indeed the rest of Australia, with the rollout well behind schedule right across the country.

Director of Infectious Diseases, Dr John Gerrard, admits they have been worried about supply at the University Hospital.

“The vaccine supply has been tight,” Dr Gerrard said.

“We were a little anxious yesterday that we might run out of vaccine but thankfully we received additional supply about an hour ago.

“So now we can continue our plan to increase the number of vaccines given this week to around 3,000.”

Dr Gerrard also confirmed it is now hospital protocol that anyone treating a COVID-positive patient must have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

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