Queensland records one new case of COVID-19 as weekend vaccination blitz kicks off

© Provided by ABC Health Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young. (ABC News)

Queensland has recorded one new locally acquired case of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said the case was detected in home quarantine and was not infectious in the community.

“We thank all of those family members who are quarantining at the moment, and ensuring that we are keeping Queensland safe in doing so,” she said.

The case is linked to Brisbane’s Sunnybank cluster which started last week after a 13-year-old girl who attends St Thomas More College contracted the Delta variant from a New South Wales visitor.

More than 10,000 tests were conducted in the past 24 hours.

Queensland Health delivered more than 25,000 vaccines yesterday and 58.17 per cent of Queenslanders have now had their first dose of a COVID vaccine and 39.95 per cent had received both doses.

The government’s “super vaccination weekend” was set to begin today in Mackay at the NRL semi-final between the Manly Sea Eagles and the Sydney Roosters, with vaccinations being offered at the Stadium Mackay.

This weekend, community vaccination hubs will be accepting walk-ins and people over 60 will be able to access the Pfizer vaccine instead of the AstraZeneca.

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said more than 1,000 families who are quarantining after being linked to the Sunnybank cluster were doing a “wonderful job”.

“Please do anything you can to do to support all of these families,” she said.

“It’s so critical that they continue to be in quarantine, they’ve been doing a wonderful job,” she said.

Dr Young urged anyone aged over 12 to come forward and get vaccinated at one of the 38 vaccination hubs that will be open throughout the weekend.

“Just walk up, you might have to wait for a little while, you mightn’t. Have a look at the queues, look at somewhere else maybe, or if you think that the queues are too long, make a booking then and there to come back at another time,” she said.

“Although everyone has done a brilliant job in stopping the virus spreading in Queensland, eventually it will start spreading we can’t hold it back forever, so the best response to that is for as many people as possible to be vaccinated.”

Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said the vaccination blitz involved “significant planning” and the government’s disaster management framework was applied to put it together.

“People and families can go out with confidence, knowing that this will be well organised and that there will be sufficient resources there to assist them,” he said.

He said more than 16,000 vehicles were intercepted at Queensland’s borders yesterday with 191 tuned around and six on the spot fines were issued.

An arrest was also made after a truck driver tried to enter the state after being refused entry, driving through barriers.

“That [individual] has been charged with unlawfully entering Queensland against the CHO’s directions and also wilful damage and will appear in court later date are ordered to leave the state in the interim,” he said.

More to come. 

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