Queensland will open another two COVID vaccine hubs as the state’s rollout continues to pick up speed.
Toowoomba Hospital and QEII Hospital in Brisbane will begin administering the Astra Zeneca vaccine from Wednesday.
It comes as the state notches up its 10,000th vaccine in the first 15 days of the rollout.
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The majority of those have been on the Gold Coast which was the first hub in the state, with 4119 jabs administered.
Despite earlier criticism that Queensland was lagging behind the rest of the country with its rollout, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk insists they are actually ahead of schedule.
“This is how we planned it. In fact the numbers exceed our plans,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“These numbers will continue to grow in coming weeks as the AstraZeneca vaccine becomes the second vaccine made available to our priority 1a frontline workers.”
“Queenslanders can be confident that when the rollout to the general population commences later this year, they’ll have access to a safe and effective vaccine.”
The state passed another milestone with two million COVID tests now carried out since the beginning of the pandemic.
“Two million tests is incredible, I want to thank each and every one of those people for coming forward and getting tested when they felt unwell,” Health Minister Yvette D’ath said.
“Along with good hygiene, physical distancing it’s proven to be one of our most effective weapons against this disease.”
While Queensland went another day with no local cases of COVID, concerns are growing about the number of positive cases in hotel quarantine, especially in returned travellers from Papua New Guinea.
The state had another five cases in hotel quarantine overnight with the number of active cases being treated in the state jumping to 33.