Queenslanders aged over 40 will be able to get a COVID vaccine within weeks with the state’s rollout about to ramp up significantly.
The state government has announced it will have 14 community vaccination hubs set up across Queensland by the end of July.
They will be used to vaccinate frontline workers including health staff and emergency service workers, but they will also offer the Pfizer jab to members of the public aged between 40 and 49.
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Four hubs are already up and running across the Wide Bay and Mackay regions with three to be opened in southeast Queensland in the next few weeks.
The exact locations are yet to be finalised.
A further seven will be progressively opened up over the next couple of months.
Health Minister Yvette D’ath says we still won’t see mass vaccination centres in Queensland until the last quarter of the year as supplies of Pfizer increase.
“We’ve heard the Commonwealth come out of overnight saying they’re expecting more Pfizer to arrive in October which is very welcome news,” Ms D’ath said.
“In the meantime what we’re going to do is move beyond our hospital hubs and outreach clinics to community hubs.”
Queenslanders over 40 are being encouraged to check their eligibility and register their interest in a COVID jab on the Queensland Health website.
Meantime the Premier and Chief Health Officer today received their flu vaccines after being criticised for not yet getting their COVID jabs.
“As I said last week we’d be getting our flu vaccine and in around two weeks we’ll be getting our COVID vaccine,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“We’ve just been really busy but I’ve been liaising with Dr Young about a time I could get this done and we were talking about it last week… and we got it done today.”
Dr Young has confirmed she will get the Astra Zeneca vaccine in two weeks time.
But the Premier today revealed she may be heading to Japan with the Prime Minister and Brisbane Lord Mayor in coming weeks which would impact which jab she receives.
“If I don’t need to go to Tokyo I will get Astra Zeneza, if I do need to go I need to look at the health advice there.”