Gold Coast hits 80 per cent double dose vaccine target

The Gold Coast has now surpassed the crucial 80 percent double vaccination mark just in time for the reopening of Queensland’s borders.

The city has come in for heavy criticism from the state government and health officials over its lagging vaccination rate with fears the Gold Coast will be the first to see an influx of COVID-19.

Figures released on Monday show the Gold Coast has heeded the call, with 80.8 percent of eligible residents now receiving both doses.


That’s up from 78.1 percent last week which equates to around 13,700 people getting their second dose in the last seven days.

The city is also edging closer to the 90 percent first dose mark.

The Gold Coast currently has 87.5 percent of people who have had one dose.

However, several parts of the Gold Coast are yet to reach the 80 percent double dose mark.

Nerang is still sitting on 76.3 percent while the Gold Coast Hinterland is on 77.3 percent.

Robina has only 77.6 percent of people double vaccinated while Surfers Paradise is just short of the mark at 79.6 percent.

The state’s new Chief Health Officer Dr John Gerard is now also urging eligible Gold Coasters to get their booster shot as soon as they can.

The timeframe for a third dose has been cut from six months to five months, opening the door for millions of people to get a booster.

“There’s plenty of vaccine available, there’s plenty of opportunity. If it’s more than five months since your last dose please go and get that booster so you’re protected,” Dr Gerard said.

“Because a lot of people who got their vaccine more than five months ago are the most vulnerable, as well as health care workers. They’re the ones we particularly want to get to soon.”