Queensland records no new cases as vaccine blitz continues

Queensland has ramped up its vaccine effort over the weekend with the state’s Pfizer blitz seeing hubs fill up early and long queues formed.

Today the state recorded zero new cases of COVID-19, marking what Premier Annastacia Palaszczuck described as a “double donut day”.

The demand has seen clinics overrun, with many people turned away yesterday and asked to come back later or go elsewhere.

Across the state, more than 31,000 jabs were handed down yesterday.

More than 41 per cent of the state’s eligible residents are now officially double-vaccinated, with almost 59 per cent of people having received one jab.

Ms Palaszczuck said that queues have today subsided.

“If you are thinking about getting your vaccine today, the queues are down, please come and get vaccinated,” she said.

“There is plenty of capacity at the moment and we will be open to 8pm this evening.

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre opened as Queensland's newest mass vaccination hub
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre opened as Queensland’s newest mass vaccination hub. (Matt Dennien)
“But we know that at any stage things can change, especially with what is happening in New South Wales.
“There is of course a clear and present danger but at any time we’re going to have another Delta case here in Queensland. So now is the time, as I have said, this window of opportunity to get vaccinated, and can I thank Queensland clinic for coming out yesterday.”

The premier has apologised to those residents who turned up for a jab, but were turned away.

Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath. (Nine)

“Some placed did not expect that amount of demand to come,” she said.

“So, we apologise to people where that happened, but we’ve got a lot of supplies today and like I said you can book online.”

The state did record one new local case yesterday, however the person was already in home-quarantine when they tested positive.

The infection is linked to the Sunnybank cluster, which now stands at 11.

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said that the person had been in isolation throughout their entire infectious period.

“A big shout out to all of those people who have been identified as close contacts by our contact tracers and have gone into quarantine,” she said.

“Their decision to do the right thing, and abide by those directives to stay home is the decision that is keeping everyone safe and stopping this virus spreading throughout our community.”

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