Mayor calls on Gold Coasters to “chase the magical 80 per cent” amid continued vaccine hesitancy

GOLD COAST Mayor Tom Tate has called on Gold Coasters to continue coming forward to get vaccinated so the city can fully reopen.

The Gold Coast’s first dose vaccine rate is now over 65 per cent, but Queensland continues to lag behind all the other states and territories.

New pop-up clinics are operating across the state for the second ‘Super Pfizer Weekend’ including at Ormeau Woods State High and Pacific Pines State High.


Mayor Tate said it was vital Gold Coasters continued to roll up their sleeves and get the jab.

“As a city, we have got to get to the 80 per cent because it will put pressure on the state government,” he said.

“Once we get to 80 per cent, under the agreement with National Cabinet. Qantas should be able to fly into the Gold Coast.

“If they can’t, it will be a joke if people can fly from Melbourne and Sydney to Glasgow but can’t fly to the Gold Coast.

“That’ll be a huge pressure.

“One thing about us Gold Coasters, we want to put pressure on politicians.

“Let’s go and get our vaccination and get to 80 per cent.

“We’ll call your bluff, now open the border as one Australia.”

It comes as new data shows vaccine hesitancy is still a major issue in Queensland.

The Australian Healthcare Index Report shows 29 per cent of Queenslanders either don’t want the vaccine or remain undecided.