Annastacia Palaszczuk has received a Covid-19 vaccination, becoming the last eligible state or territory leader to be administered with a jab.
The Queensland Premier was administered her first dose of the Pfizer vaccine on Monday morning with the state’s chief health officer, Dr Jeannette Young, and senior cabinet figures including deputy premier Steven Miles also receiving a jab.
Both Ms Palaszczuk and Dr Young had been under fire for not having received their Covid-19 vaccine earlier.
Last month, Ms Palaszczuk said she had not had her vaccine because she was getting a flu shot first and needed to wait the required two weeks before she could get the Covid-19 vaccine.
The flu shot has been available since April while Dr Young, as per phase 1b, could have been eligible for the Pfizer shot back in March.
Federal Defence Minister Peter Dutton slammed the pair in May for not having had the jab, saying he “didn’t really understand” Ms Palaszczuk’s position.
“I think in a position of leadership it is important, particularly now, to demonstrate that leadership … to make sure you lead by example,” he said on Friday.
“(They) have let Queenslanders down … They need to make a very public statement about the fact they’ve got the vaccine and encourage other people to do it.”
Last week, Queensland health authorities revealed it would accelerate the jab rollout in the Sunshine State by operating 18 vaccination hubs over the weekend.
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said the plan was to vaccinate as many of the remaining frontline workers, aged care workers, and those 40 to 49-year-olds who are yet to receive their dose.
“If they do that, it means in three weeks time we can have our aged care workers fully vaccinated,” Ms D’Ath told reporters on Thursday morning.