Tue. Dec 7th, 2021

Queensland has registered zero new cases of COVID-19 in the local community a day after it was revealed that an unvaccinated teenager tested positive on the Gold Coast.

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said it was “excellent, especially considering we’ve had a few cases down on the Gold Coast”.

“I feel pretty comfortable that … these cases have had very little exposure out in the community, we should be OK in the future,” said Dr. Young.

Dr. Young said it was important that Queenslanders did not become complacent with low community transmission of the virus and were vaccinated and tested if they had symptoms.

“It’s really important that people just keep getting tested if they have any symptoms at all, every single day,” she said.

“We see people coming into our state and bringing the virus.”

Dr. Young said planning should begin for the rollout of another dose of vaccine to Queenslanders, six months after their second.

She said it was imperative that people get their first dose this week to be ready for the state border opening in December.

Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said the home quarantine attempt for interstate travelers had been extremely successful and police were considering how the program could be expanded.

He said police were still waiting for a health clearance to be able to interview the COVID-19-positive Uber driver who returned home from Melbourne on the Gold Coast earlier this month.

Authorities discovered a case in hotel quarantine.

Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said there were 13,603 vaccinations administered at Queensland Health facilities yesterday.

She said 75.68 percent of Queenslanders over 16 had received their first dose and 61.22 percent had received a second dose.

“The date of December 17th is coming very quickly, so we need people to be fully protected, which means you have to be out and get your first dose this week,” she said.

The government said it did not apologize for enforcing a vaccine mandate for health workers, which will be shut out of their workplaces from Monday if they do not get a jab.

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