Friday, June 21, 2024

Top cop to lead expanded vaccine rollout

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has appointed one of Queensland’s highest-ranking police officers to oversee the state’s expanded COVID vaccination roll-out.

The Premier said Deputy Commissioner Shane Chelepy will co-ordinate the operational and logistical elements to support Queensland Health teams and ensure more Queenslanders have access to the COVID vaccine.

“Ensuring more Queenslanders are vaccinated is a huge logistical exercise.”

“Deputy Commissioner Chelepy will have the responsibility of ensuring our vaccine clinics and community hubs are ready to administer vaccines in a timely way,” the Premier said.

Deputy Commissioner Chelepy is a 35-year veteran of the police service including as Commander of Police Specialist Operations including SERT.

For the past 10 years he has been Co-ordinator of the State Disaster Centre responding to cyclones, floods and fires.

“Our disaster management framework gives us an opportunity to harness the same co-ordination we see during cyclones and other natural disasters,” Deputy Commissioner Chelepy said.

“We can use that excellent response mechanism and apply it now to the vaccine roll-out.”

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