Workers in Queensland’s food distribution centres are set to become the latest targets of the state government’s vaccine rollout.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced on Monday morning employees at food depots will be offered the chance to get the jab at work in the coming weeks.
28 logistics distribution centres and meatworks across the state have been identified as key sites where mobile vaccination hubs will be set up.
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They will be implemented when the state government receives the extra 100,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine from the federal government.
Ms Palaszczuk said increasing the vaccination rate was crucial, given the COVID outbreaks increasing across the country.
“What we are seeing is the continual escalation of cases in New South Wales and Victoria,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“We have to try and keep Queenslanders as safe as possible.
“We are very concerned there could be another outbreak any day.”
Deputy Premier Steven Miles said driving up vaccinations in food depot workers will be vital in case of future outbreaks.
“If we do have a COVID outbreak or a lockdown those essential workers who need to continue to go to work can be protected.”
The Premier also revealed that police had intercepted a man on the southwest border a couple of weeks ago and turned him around. He later tested positive to COVID-19.
“My greatest fear is that either coming through our airports and coming in across our borders, someone is going to come in with COVID,” she said.
“So, we have to be incredibly vigilant.”
It comes after NSW Health officials identified a venue of concern in Ballina on Sunday evening.
Anyone who attended the BP Travel Centre at West Ballina between 8am and 8.30am on Friday, August 20 is considered a casual contact and must get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.
Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said she was also concerned about the virus crossing the border from New South Wales, despite the tight border restrictions.
“We’re seeing increase cases getting closer and closer to our border,” Dr Young said.
“So it’s only a matter of time before one of them crosses.
“Our police are doing an amazing job, they are absolutely brilliant at what they’re doing, but eventually it will cross.”
She said it was vital people who are allowed to cross for essential reason abided by the same stay-at-home orders they are subject to in New South Wales while in Queensland.
“You need to wear masks and you can only do that task that you’re allowed to cross the border for,” she said.
“You can’t take the opportunity to visit the cinemas or go to a pub.
“You really are bound by exactly the same stay-at-home orders.
“So that’s for anyone who travels down to the border zone.”
Queensland recorded just two new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.
They include a person linked to the Indooroopilly cluster, who has been in home quarantine. The other was overseas acquired and detected in hotel quarantine.