Queensland is approaching a major vaccination milestone, but officials are warning too many people will still be vulnerable when the state reopens in December.
It comes as the state recorded no new cases of COVID either in the community or hotel quarantine.
Queensland’s vaccination rate has now hit 77.83 per cent first dose and 64.12 per cent second dose.
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But around a million people in the state are yet to get a vaccine at all, including around 114,000 on the Gold Coast.
Deputy Premier Steven Miles has warned those people that Queensland will reopen by December 17 regardless of where the state’s vaccination rate is.
“We will be opening on December 17th if not sooner. If we meet those targets sooner then we will open sooner and so to communities that have not reached those thresholds yet, they’re putting themselves at r isk and putting their local health services at risk,” Mr Miles said.
“Those deadlines are racing up upon us and so the sooner people get vaccinated the sooner they can protect themselves and their communities.”
Acting Chief Health Officer Peter Aitken is urging Queenslanders not to be complacent.
“We can’t relax. We’re inching closer to 80 per cent, we can almost touch it. Please go out and get vaccinated,” Dr Aitken said.
“Please, this is the chance, we’re getting closer to 80 per cent and closer to borders reopening and everyone’s lives starting to resume.”
The Gold Coast’s vaccination rate has now hit 77.4 per cent first dose and 62.8 per cent second dose.