Qld CHO concedes Omicron would have been ‘catastrophic’ without vaccines

Another 3,660 coronavirus infections have been added to Queensland’s tally overnight as the Chief Health Officer admits the numbers have been much better than expected.

13 deaths were also recorded overnight, bringing Queensland’s death toll from coronavirus to 367.

One person was aged in their 50s, two in their 60s, three in their 70s, five in their 80s and two in their 90s.


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There are still 33,289 active infections throughout the state.

Vaccinate rates continue to rise, with 90.22 percent of eligible people aged over 16 now having received both doses.

Meantime, over 60 percent of the adult population have received their booster shots. While 40.65 percent of children aged between 5 and 11 have been vaccinated as well.

Chief Health Officer John Gerrard concedes that the state’s wide spread vaccination rate has made an enormous difference to the spread of the Omicron variant.

“We were predicting at least 3-5,000 admissions to hospitals across Queensland,” the Chief Health Officer said in Saturday’s brief Covid-19 update.

“In the end there was less than 1,000 admissions to public hospitals in Queensland. We faired much better than expected and this is due to vaccinations.

“It’s clearly because of the widescale vaccination and I really want to emphasize this if you don’t mind…

“There’s a lot of talk about this virus being milder than the other viruses.

“This virus is at least as virulent as the original virus that was seen in Italy and New York and were it not for vaccination – the situation would have been catastrophic.

“And what we have seen has been inordinately better that what we expected and that’s the result of vaccination,” Doctor Gerrard said.