Authorities plead with Queenslanders to get vaccinated this weekend

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Authorities have pleaded with Queenslanders to make the most of a state-wide vaccination blitz this weekend, with 38 community hubs open for walk-in jabs.

There was one new local case of Covid-19 reported on Friday but it poses no threat.

It’s linked to Brisbane’s Sunnybank cluster, and the person had been in home quarantine for their entire infectious period.

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Health Minister Yvette D’Ath says Queenslanders can walk into any of the state’s 38 community vaccination hubs this weekend and get Pfizer without an appointment.

Anyone aged 12 and over is eligible. There will even be a pop-up vaccination centre for footy fans. It will open this afternoon ahead of the two NRL matches to be played in Mackay.

Almost half of the doses needed to vaccinate all eligible Queenslanders have now been administered.

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‘We are starting to get that big ramp-up in vaccine supply that we’ve been promised for many months now,’ Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said.

‘It’s taken us since the 22nd of February, when we did the first vaccination of a nurse on the Gold Coast, to get half of the doses out the door. The aim is over the next month or two to get the rest out.’

Queensland Health delivered more than 25,000 vaccines on Thursday with 58.17 per cent of eligible Queenslanders having had one dose of a vaccine, and 39.95 per cent now fully vaccinated.

Ms D’Ath said Queensland had been getting less than its Pfizer allocation but she was hopeful that would be delivered by November, or earlier.

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