Last week’s COVID scare and the announcement of tough restrictions for the unvaccinated has prompted more people on the Gold Coast to come forward for a jab.
But the Premier warns the city still needs to do better.
Figures released on Monday show the vaccination rate on the Gold Coast has increased from 79.3 per cent first dose to 81.9 per cent in the last week.
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Based on the Gold Coast’s eligible population, that equates to around 13,200 first doses.
The rate of second doses has jumped from 66.3 per cent last week to 69.8 per cent.
Premier Annastacia Palaszcuk is still not satisfied with the jab rate, insisting the Gold Coast is still “not ready” for the December 17 border reopening.
“Make no mistake, this is close to the border and when we get to that 80 per cent double dose, there is going to be a lot more people coming here.” The Premier said.
“They’re going to be coming here to see their friends and family and to enjoy their Christmas holidays, so we need to protect the Gold Coast.
“I need more people to come and get vaccinated.”
The Premier singled out a number of suburbs on the Gold Coast where the vaccination rate is lagging behind including Coomera, Pimpama, Gaven, Lower Beechmont and Natural Bridge.
According to Federal Health Department figures, Broadbeach-Burleigh has the city’s highest vaccination rate at 86.4 per cent first dose and 74.9 per cent second dose.
Meantime the Tweed’s vaccination rate continues to surge ahead.
There are now 90.5 per cent of the eligible population in the Tweed who have had their first dose.
The rate of second doses now sits at 83.3 per cent.