Tue. Dec 7th, 2021

Queensland has not registered any new locally acquired COVID-19 cases, as officials are urging 400,000 people who have yet to be vaccinated to act immediately now that border controls on the virus have been eased.

Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said more than 8,300 COVID tests were performed over the past 24 hours and that 13,000 vaccines were administered at state-run clinics.

Speaking in Rockhampton, central Queensland, she said people had 12 days to be vaccinated to be fully protected before the borders reopened to vaccinated people from interstate hotspots on Dec. 17.

Queensland will allow fully vaccinated people to Queensland without quarantine from that date – or when the state hits 80 percent full vaccination – as long as they have had a negative COVID test within the previous 72 hours.

The prime ministers have traveled to regional cities and towns to push vaccination ahead of the December 17 deadline.

Ms Palaszczuk said the central Queensland region has one of the state’s lowest vaccination rates.

“It’s a double donut day, so well done Queensland, it’s remarkable. But that means it’s our chance to get vaccinated.

“We have 12 days, Queensland, for people to come and be vaccinated if you want to be fully protected by December 17.”

No more stitches, no more border closures

Ms Palaszczuk said that when 80 per cent of eligible Queenslanders are fully vaccinated, the requirement to wear masks will “not be necessary”.

“But can I say that if there is an outbreak in an area, there may be restrictions in that area if they do not have the 80 percent,” she said.

The award also said it would be “very unlikely” that Queensland would close its borders again after reopening.

“You see all states and territories raising their vaccination rates, so that would be very unlikely, strongly.”

Ms Palaszczuk said 72.47 percent of eligible Queenslanders have received their first dose and 56.9 percent are fully vaccinated.

There are about 400,000 people in Queensland who have not yet been vaccinated.

“This is definitely a critical time … that we get the 400,000 to come out and get vaccinated,” Premier said.

She said the authorities should focus in particular on getting the 20- to 39-year-old age group vaccinated.

“What companies can do and you can not rule this out, they can actually say that only vaccinated people can get into their pubs or clubs or their restaurants or sports games, because it’s about making sure everyone is safe at these venues. , “she says.

“I do not want people to be left out, so come and get vaccinated.”

‘Every Queenslander Will Be Revealed’

Health Chief Jeannette Young also stressed the importance of vaccination, saying “every single Queenslander is going to be exposed to the COVID-19 virus”.

“We know that once you are vaccinated, you can still get infected and transmit it, but it is very unlikely that you will get sick … very unlikely that you will end up in the hospital,” she said.

“Every single Queenslander is going to be exposed to the COVID-19 virus, but if you’ve been vaccinated, it’s not a problem.”

Speaking at Mt Isa in the northwest of the state, Deputy Prime Minister Steven Miles said a lot of work was needed to get more indigenous people vaccinated.

“We are very concerned about the level of vaccine uptake in our remote indigenous community,” he said.

“Some are very good, some are very similar to Brisbane, while others are much, much smaller.

“We are working with the Deadly Choices ambassadors to get the message out that it is safe.

“We need elders in these communities to send that message.”

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