Queensland records no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 as Bunnings vaccination clinics open

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Queensland has recorded no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, as the state turns to a novel way to increase vaccination rates.

Treasurer Cameron Dick held this morning’s press conference at a Bunnings warehouse in Logan, south of Brisbane.

Pop-up vaccination clinics will be available for the first time today at 33 Bunnings stores across the state.

The clinics will be based in car parks at locations in Brisbane, Logan, the Gold Coast, Gympie, Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Townsville and Mackay.

Mr Dick said while Queenslanders were “heading in the right direction”, he urged those needing to be vaccinated to “grab a vax, grab a snag”.

“We know with COVID running rife that it is only a matter of time … that the Delta variant will come to Queensland,” he said.

Of eligible Queenslanders, 71.73 per cent have had one dose of a COVID vaccine, while 55.5 per cent are fully inoculated.

Queensland has the second-worst vaccination rate in the country, ahead of only Western Australia.

Logan Mayor Darren Power said Logan was falling behind on vaccination rates.

“We’ve run out of excuses at Logan. People are going to get off their backsides and get vaccinated,” Mr Power said.

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young it was the most important thing to do this weekend.

Border restrictions for Tasmanian travellers

Queensland will require anyone arriving from 12 local government areas in Tasmania to enter hotel quarantine from 1:00am Sunday.

Tasmanians in Hobart and the state’s south are waking up today to the first day of a snap three-day lockdown.

Dr Young said any Queenslanders who have already arrived or are arriving before tomorrow should monitor their health and get tested immediately if they experience symptoms.

“I strongly recommend that at this point in time, anyone who is planning to go down to Tasmania, does reconsider whether it’s necessary to do so,” she said.

Pathway to opening up Queensland’s borders

Dr Young said it was “great” to see New South Wales open up and have a drop in the number of their COVID cases.

She said New South Wales’ plan to scrap quarantine for returned travellers from overseas did not change Queensland’s outlook.

“We’ll then watch and see what happens as a consequence of that, so that’s to our benefit here in Queensland,” she said.

“We’ll be able to see what is happening in another state, as they change their parameters.

“We’re not going to be able to open up and remove all restrictions, until we’ve got very high vaccine rates, and they’re probably high across our whole state.”

Dr Young said the home quarantine trial that commenced last week was “nearly” at capacity.

By Thursday next week, 998 people will be booked in, with a 1,000 capacity set for the trial.

Dr Young said Queensland Health would be “immediately” reviewing the results of the trial.

“We’ll be looking at what we can do to make it safe, so we can expand that trial to broader areas,” she said.

“It’s a very important issue.”

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