Gold Coast hinterland singled-out as an ‘at risk’ area

The Gold Coast Hinterland is amongst some of the lowest vaccinated areas of the state.

The Premier has singled out a number of regional areas in state parliament this morning, that need to drastically improve their vaccination rate.

As a whole, Queensland is at 76.13 percent one dose and 61.71 percent two doses, but that’s largely been carried by the vaccination rate in Brisbane.


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“There are 16 areas of concern where vaccination rates must improve: Callide, Central Highlands, Charters Towers, Gold Coast Hinterland, the Lockyer Valley, Mackay and surrounds, Murgon, Rockhampton, Sunshine Coast Hinterland, the Tablelands, Cairns south and west, Torres and Cape York, Townsville, Toowoomba West to Miles, Mt Isa, Cloncurry and Bourke,” the Premier listed in parliament.

“If you’re on this list, you’re at risk if you’re not vaccinated.”

For the Gold Coast Hinterland, the vaccination rates, as recently published on the health.gov.au website, aren’t that far behind.

71.4 percent of the community has received one dose of the jab, while 56.3 percent of people are fully vaccinated.

But numbers wise, only 11,744 people have received one dose of the vaccine.

The Premier is warning, that they need to get protected immediately.

“As soon as question time is over, I’ll be speaking to the Mayors of these communities, just as I would if a cyclone was coming.

“Because Mr Speaker, a cyclone is coming.

“A tsunami of Covid cases will follow people that are coming in from interstate and we must get prepared and we must get vaccinated,” the Premier said.

It comes as Queensland once again records no new local cases of Covid overnight, despite a 17-year-old boy becoming infectious on the Gold Coast this week.

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