Gold Coast’s call to arms amid concerns about city’s low jab rate

Gold Coasters are being urged to take advantage of Queensland’s second ‘Super Pfizer’ weekend with the Premier admitting she’s concerned at the city’s low vaccination rate.

As of October 4, just 65.8 per cent of Gold Coast residents over 16 have had their first dose of a COVID jab, below the statewide rate of 69.3 per cent.

Only 45.5 per cent of eligible people on the Gold Coast have had both doses, compared to the state rate of 51.1 per cent.


“Look, I have been concerned about the Gold Coast, about Logan and Beaudesert and Ipswich which is why we’ve been actively going around there,” the Premier said on Friday.

“So we do need everybody, we need to make sure we have even spread across the state to protect our most vulnerable.”

It comes as Queensland Health sets up pop-up vaccination hubs at 19 schools across the state this weekend including two on the Gold Coast.

The hubs at Pacific Pines State High School and Ormeau Woods State High School will accept walk-ins for anyone over the age of 12.

Both hubs will be open between 9am and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday.

The Broadbeach Vaccination Centre will also operate as normal between 7.30am and 8.15pm.

It comes as Health Minister Yvette D’ath warns that Queensland’s vaccination rate will be the biggest factor in deciding when the state’s borders will reopen.

“If people want to see the borders open there is one thing you can do, that is in your control and your control only and that is getting vaccinated,” Ms D’ath said.

“The more people that get vaccinated the safer our community is to be able to open up the borders.”

At the current rate, Queensland is expected to hit 70 per cent double vaccination by early November and 80 per cent by early December.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has flagged a possible decision on when borders will reopen to New South Wales, the ACT and Victoria could be made after the next National Cabinet meeting on November 5.

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