QUEENSLAND has recorded three new cases of COVID-19, all in unvaccinated travellers from Victoria.
All three are in hotel quarantine.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it was further proof the virus will “hunt out the unvaccinated” and called on Queenslanders to continue coming forward to get the jab.
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It comes amid concerns the state may not reach the 90 per cent double dose vaccination rate due to continued vaccine hesitancy.
“I understand people have concerns out there,” the Premier said.
“Can you please just go and sit down with your local GP.
“It is safe, it is effective and you don’t want to catch COVID.
“Please, please, please go and get vaccinated.”
Queensland’s vaccination rate currently sits at 85.29 per cent first dose and 74.51 per cent double dose.
“We are steadily climbing up to that 90 per cent and we do need that 90 per cent as soon as possible because the virus will hunt out the unvaccinated,” the Premier said.
Ms Palaszczuk said she was confident the state would still reach the target by early January.
“Fingers crossed. Everything is going really well,” she said.
The Premier also confirmed her government is looking at the possibility of a border bubble with areas of northern New South Wales that could allow residents to cross over daily without having to get a PCR test every three days.
However, a fresh lockdown at a backpackers in Byron Bay did have her concerned.
“We are currently looking at that border bubble,” she said.
“But I think, as you can see at the moment, my understanding is there has been some cases detected in Byron Bay and they’ve actually shut down a backpackers.
“So these are the sort of issues that we need to look at very closely.
“But yes, we are looking at a border bubble.”