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Friday, June 21, 2024

Queensland announces 14 new vaccination hubs

The Queensland Government will open 14 community-based vaccination hubs by the end of July to assist with the state’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the centres will be established to coincide with increased vaccine supply announced by the Federal Government.

She said members of the general public aged 40-49 who want to receive a Pfizer vaccination will be able to register for vaccination.

“Our job so far has been to vaccinate the 1a and 1b groups that include our workforce in hotel quarantine, health, police and other emergency services,” the Premier said.

“Queensland Health has sufficient Pfizer stocks to continue that work and open up to the 40-49-year age group who may want to register to be vaccinated.

“We do not want an ounce of vaccine to go to waste.”

Four community-based vaccination locations have already been stood up across the Wide Bay and Mackay regions at:

  • Central Queensland University City Campus (Mackay);
  • Bundaberg TAFE;
  • Hervey Bay TAFE;
  • Maryborough City Hall.

Three community-based vaccination locations in south-east Queensland will be opened in the coming weeks.

An additional seven community-based vaccination locations will progressively be opened, the Premier said.

She said the state was preparing for mass vaccination when supplies of Pfizer vaccine are expected to increase in the last quarter of 2021. 

Queensland Health Minister, Yvette D’Ath.

Health Minister, Yvette D’Ath said the community hubs would assist Queensland’s recalibrated rollout.

“Since the TGA’s advice regarding AstraZeneca, Queensland has had to adapt its approach to the vaccine rollout,” the Minister said.

“We’re making the vaccine as accessible as possible and maximising our vaccine administration capacity. 

“Already, we have stood up Pfizer hubs at hospitals in every HHS across Queensland to provide greater vaccine accessibility.”

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