QLD warns it is ‘running out’ of COVID vaccines

The Queensland government has warned it is just days away from running out of supply of the Pfizer vaccine after a request for more doses from the Commonwealth was denied.

Health Minister Yvette D’ath says some sites would have no Pfizer by Monday.

Queensland’s Director-General of Health wrote to the head of the federal government’s COVID vaccine rollout yesterday asking for an extra 130 trays of Pfizer, arguing they would have to cancel bookings if they did not get more.


But the request was turned down.

“We are only getting 64,500 a week in July, each week. We got 45,000 vaccines delivered yesterday and on that delivery, and on our calculations, we have eight days’ stock left for Pfizer,” Health Minister Yvette D’ath said.

“So we are getting to that point that we’ll have to start prioritising only second doses if the Commonwealth do not have any vaccine left.”

Ms D’ath has called on the government to come clean and tell people if the national supply is running out.

She says Victoria was given an extra 100,000 during its recent lockdown.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has also lashed out at the Commonwealth over conflicting advice about the Astra Zeneca vaccine.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced after National Cabinet on Monday that anyone under 40 could get the Astra Zeneca jab from their GP if they were happy to receive.

But Ms Palaszczuk says state and territory leaders did not agree to that and the health advice has not changed,

“There has been no national cabinet decision about providing AstraZeneca to the under 40s.

“National cabinet said that there was an indemnity for doctors so, that is very clear that national cabinet did not make that decision.

“Now, in Queensland, we always follow the advice of the chief health officer. So, I urge Queenslanders to listen to Dr Young, and follow the advice of our chief health officer.

“Also, we follow the medical advice and the medical advice is very clear.”

Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young has made it clear she does not want under 40s receiving the Astra Zeneca jab.

“Because they are at increased risk of getting – it is rare, but they are at increased risk of getting the rare clotting syndrome,” Dr Young said.

“We’ve seen up to 49 deaths in the UK from that syndrome. I don’t want an 18-year-old in Queensland dying from a clotting illness who, if they got COVID probably wouldn’t die.”