Queensland school teachers and childcare workers will be bumped to the front of the vaccine queue following the state’s latest COVID outbreak.
FIFO workers, freight and distribution centre workers will also be added to the 1B priority category in a bid to minimise any disruption to supply chains if there was a major outbreak in Queensland.
The move to prioritise teachers and school staff comes after a number of schools were impacted by the state’s latest outbreak.
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A 17-year-old student at Indooroopilly State High became infected before the virus leaked to other schools.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says they need to provide the best possible protection for teachers and students in Queensland.
“This strain of the virus moves incredibly quickly, and we need to be just as fast in our response,” The Premier said.
“The Queensland Chief Health Officer has approved that any individual working in an early learning, primary, secondary or special school is now in the high-risk priority group.
“This includes childcare educators, teachers, teacher aides, management and administrative staff, groundskeepers, cleaners, locum staff, regular volunteers and other ancillary school and early learning support staff.
Education Minister Grace Grace says registrations are now open for school staff to get a jab.
“I would urge any eligible worker who has not yet been vaccinated to jump online and register,” Ms Grace said.
“I am also asking schools to be as flexible as possible when it comes to assisting staff to access leave to attend their vaccination appointments.”