LATEST @ 11.55 AM | Queenslanders are rolling up their sleeves and turning out in droves to receive the COVID-19 vaccine this weekend.
Long lines have been forming outside all of the state’s 18 vaccination hubs after they swung open their doors this morning.
Queensland Health has confirmed most centres are already fully booked today, including the Logan Entertainment Centre, Rocklea Showgrounds and Springfield Tower.
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The Gold Coast University Hospital’s vaccine centre is also nearing capacity for both today and tomorrow.
“Centres that are full will not accommodate walk-ins unless it is for priority workers,” Queensland Health said.
Up to 15,000 vaccinations are expected to be administed across the weekend as the state launches its ambitious vaccine blitz targeting aged care and disability workers and people aged 40-49 years old.
“People with bookings will take priority and anyone attending a vaccination location this weekend should have an appointment,” Queensland Health warned.
“Any walk ins, particularly to many South East Queensland locations, are likely to experience long wait times of several hours.”
Those receiving the vaccine this weekend are being urged to wear a short sleeve shirt and are recommended to have a hat and sunscreen handy and bring a bottle of water.
Authorities are also urging Queenslanders to bring along their booking confirmation, Medicare card, Photo ID, information about any medical conditions and information about any vaccines they’ve had in the past 14 days.
Those wanting to book an appointment can register their interest here and they will be invited to make an appointment if any are available.
Below is the current status of locations:
|Community vaccination location||Capacity status – Saturday||Capacity status – Sunday|
|Logan Entertainment Centre||Full||Nearing Capacity|
|Springfield Tower||Full||Bookings available|
|CQU City Campus (Mackay)||Half full – bookings available||Bookings available|
|Bundaberg TAFE||Bookings available||Closed|
|Hervey Bay TAFE||Bookings available||Closed|
|Moreton Bay Integrated Care Centre||Full||Closed|
|Cairns Hospital||Nearing Capacity||Bookings available|
|Queensland Children’s Hospital||Full||Closed|
|Baillie Henderson Hospital Toowoomba||Half full||Bookings available|
|Gold Coast University Hospital||Nearing Capacity||Nearing capacity|
|Brighton Health Campus||Full||Closed|
|STARS (Surgical Treatment and Rehabilitation Services)||Nearing capacity||Closed|
|Princess Alexandra Hospital||Full||Full|
|Sunshine Coast University Hospital||Nearing capacity||Closed|
|Ipswich Hospital Cribb House||Full||Full|
|Rockhampton Hospital||Closed||Bookings available|
EARLIER @6.00 AM | One of Queensland’s highest-ranking police officers has been appointed to assist with the sunshine state’s expanded COVID-19 vaccine rollout, which kicks off this weekend.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has confirmed Deputy Commissioner Shane Chelepy will take on the role and co-ordinate the “operational and logistical elements” to our ramped-up rollout, which is expected to see more than 15,000 people receive the shot over the next two days alone.
“Ensuring more Queenslanders are vaccinated is a huge logistical exercise,” the Premier said.
“Deputy Commissioner Chelepy will have the responsibility of ensuring our vaccine clinics and community hubs are ready to administer vaccines in a timely way,” the Premier said
Deputy Commissioner Chelepy has 35 years of experience in the Queensland police service, including as Commander of Police Specialist Operations including SERT.
For the past 10 years he has been Co-ordinator of the State Disaster Centre responding to cyclones, floods and fires, and hopes to now bring his experience to the state’s vaccine rollout.
“Our disaster management framework gives us an opportunity to harness the same co-ordination we see during cyclones and other natural disasters,” Deputy Commissioner Chelepy said.
“We can use that excellent response mechanism and apply it now to the vaccine roll-out.”
Eighteen vaccination hubs will be swinging open their doors this weekend, with aged care and disability staff, frontline workers and people aged 40-49 who have registered being prioritised.
Three new dedicated community vaccination centres at the Logan Entertainment Centre, the Springfield Tower and the Rocklea showgrounds will be open on top of the state’s existing 15 sites, including the Gold Coast University Hospital vaccine hub.
“All of them will be open on Saturday and 10 of the 18 sites will be operational on Sunday as well,” Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said.
“We hope this weekend will be a platform for us to go forward and to build on our capacity.”
Walk-ins at the sites won’t be turned away, however people are being warned they will most likely be waiting hours and won’t even be guaranteed a shot.
“Aged care workers and disability care workers will be getting priority this weekend, so I hope the public can understand that, plus those people aged 40 to 49 who have made bookings” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
“Down the track, we are going to have a lot of supply coming from the Federal Government in the last quarter of this year, and there will be a lot of opportunity then, so please everyone be patient and in the meantime, I encourage people to go and see their doctor.”