There’s hope Queensland could hit the much-anticipated 80 per cent double dose target by the end of next week, potentially triggering an early reopening of the border.
The Sunshine State is scheduled to swing open its borders on December 17, however, the Premier has previously indicated the reopening could come sooner if the vaccine target is reached earlier.
According to Queensland’s latest vaccination figures, 86.65 per cent of eligible residents aged over 16 have had at least one dose, while 76.80 per cent are fully vaccinated.
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Judging by the numbers, there are now around 131,000 second doses to go before we hit the magical 80 per cent mark.
Currently, there’s around 13,470 second doses being administered on average a day, meaning Queensland is on track to hit the milestone by the end of next week.
There were fears the emergence of the new Omicron COVID-19 variant would derail Queensland’s reopening plans, but Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today reaffirmed her commitment to reopening by December 17 at the latest.
It comes after leaders were briefed by health officials at National Cabinet overnight, with states and territories agreeing to not make any changes while more information is gathered on the new variant.
“I’m happy to take the advice of Professor Paul Kelly that more work will be conducted over the next 14 days,” Ms Palaszczuk told State Parliament.
“Queensland’s cautious approach is the right approach… Our cautious border settings have already put us in a good position.
“No changes have been made to our roadmap… Queensland will continue to monitor developments and listen to the expert advice.”
Queensland recorded two new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, but authorities are not concerned.
One was acquired overseas, while the other was acquired interstate.
Both cases are in hotel quarantine so do not pose a risk to the community.