One new local case of COVID-19 in Queensland, large numbers turn out at vaccination hubs

© Provided by ABC News A queue forms at the vaccination hub at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Boondall.  (ABC News: Jim Malo)

There has been one new locally acquired case of COVID-19 in Queensland overnight, as high numbers of people gather at vaccination hubs for today’s major push on Pfizer jabs. 

The case was in home quarantine after being linked to Brisbane’s Sunnybank cluster and was not infectious in the community.

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said it was “great news”.

“That brings this cluster up to 11 people. This person has been in home quarantine for the entire infectious period which is great news. That’s what our contact tracing and quarantining is all about,” she said.

The state government’s super vaccination weekend is underway, with 38 community hubs across the state accepting walk-ins and offering the Pfizer vaccine to anyone aged 12 or above.

Ms D’Ath was speaking at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre vaccination hub at Boondall, and said people had been lining up there since 4:00am.

‘Sites are reaching capacity’

The Health Minister said she was “proud” of the turnout at the state’s vaccination hubs.

“We asked you to roll up, we asked you to come get vaccinated and you have absolutely come out in numbers,” she said.

“We’ve been averaging around 15 to 20,000 vaccines over a weekend — we want to see that number more than double this weekend.”

“I’m already hearing some of our sites are reaching capacity … so the Logan entertainment centre currently are cutting off their walk-ins and redirecting people to other sites. “

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said everyone lining up for a jab this weekend might not get the opportunity to do so.

“Maybe not everyone will get the chance this weekend because the turnout has been unbelievable, far more than I ever hoped for,” she said.

Dr Young urged Queenslanders to take advantage of the vaccination weekend and get inoculated.

“Keep coming forward, the quicker we can get everyone vaccinated, the quicker we can beat this virus.

“So far we’ve been really effective due to so many wonderful people are keeping the virus out of Queensland, but it will be coming in … We just need to make sure that we’re all protected,” she said.

Ms D’Ath said the state was looking for ways to secure more vaccines.

“We still only have a certain amount of supply across the entire state. It is not enough to offer every single Queenslander a vaccine yet,” she said.

“If you can’t get vaccinated today, rest assured we will make sure that we are giving people opportunity. We want to see Queensland vaccinated as quickly as possible.”

The case recorded overnight is a “work contact” of the father of the first case in the Sunnybank cluster that started after a 13-year-old girl contracted the virus from a New South Wales visitor.

Dr Young thanked the family for helping Queensland Health with the details of their contacts.

“He was so helpful with us, giving us the names and details of all his contacts, so we could get them into quarantine,” Dr Young said.

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