Vaccination surge could open Queensland border by Christmas
Queensland’s hard border with NSW and Victoria could be removed by Christmas after a record number of people were vaccinated over the weekend.
There were 56,907 people who rolled up their sleeves during the state’s Super Pfizer Weekend.
With more jab figures yet to be announced, the total number is expected to push the amount of eligible Queenslanders who have had their first jab to more than 60 per cent.
“We’re pretty confident we’ve clicked over that 60 per cent,” premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Monday.
However, with Queensland lagging behind other states, Ms Palaszczuk urged more people to come forward.
“We need to drive those vaccinations numbers up even higher,” she said.
“We have got a sense of urgency here.
“We have got to get people vaccinated because we don’t want to see our hospitals overwhelmed and our people sick.”
Ms Palaszczuk also said increased vaccination rates would help to ease border rules faster.
“We all hope that we can see our relatives and friends at Christmas time,” she said.
“That’s going to depend on people getting vaccinated.”
National Cabinet has agreed in principle to removing restrictions once 80 per cent of eligible people are fully vaccinated.
Ms Palaszczuk said the Doherty Institute was currently reviewing its original roadmap.
“I think everyone’s comfortable with 80 per cent but the Doherty plan might say higher,” she said.
“(Chief health officer) Dr Young has said up to 90 per cent (is what) we’d like to see.”
More than 41 per cent of all Queenslanders have now been fully vaccinated.
There were 178,808 jabs administered in the past seven days, more than 30,000 more than the previous week.
The ACT is still leading the way, with more than 55 per cent of its eligible population protected against Covid-19.
Meanwhile, in Delta-ravaged NSW, more than 52 per cent of people have received both doses of the vaccine.
“Come on Qld,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“We can’t keep this virus out forever.”
Following on from the success of the Super Pfizer Weekend, the Queensland Government will look to hold more super-charged events in the coming weeks and months.
“When we get the supply, we’ll get it out into people’s arms,” she said.
Originally published as Vaccination surge could open Queensland border by Christmas
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