“We cannot protect you if you won’t protect yourself”; Qld Premier makes fresh vaccine plea

The Premier has issued an impassioned plea to Queenslanders to go out and get vaccinated as the state records another day with no new COVID-19 cases.

Another 18,000 vaccines were administer by Queensland Health on Tuesday taking the state’s first dose rate to 70.59 per cent and the double dose rate to 53.35 per cent.

Despite the increase in vaccination numbers, Annastacia Palaszczuk admitted there is a lot more work to do.


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“I want to speak now to those Queenslanders who are yet to get their first dose,” the Premier told Queensland Parliament on Wednesday.

“We cannot protect you if you wont protect yourself.

“We’ve done all we can to keep you safe but this next step is entirely up to you.

“I need you to get vaccinated and I need you to do it now.

“Everyone else has done their part. The Police standing guard on our borders, the nurses and doctors watching over our hospitals.

“But now we need you.

“It takes five weeks from the first dose to be completely vaccinated. Five weeks from today is the 17th of November, that’s getting very close to Christmas.

“None of us are safe until you are safe.

“Go to Bunnings, go to a local pharmacy or your local GP, but go and get vaccinated

“We’ve done as much as we can do.

“This next step is up to you.”

The Premier also announced that pharmacists will soon begin vaccinating children in schools.

It will start in Mareeba on Friday before being rolled out across more locations.