Queensland detects no new cases of COVID-19, sets new vaccination record and announces football hub plan
Queenslanders will be able to get their COVID-19 jab at the football from this weekend with the government trialling a stadium pop-up vaccination hub.
The announcement comes as the Queensland government steps up its attacks on the federal government's rhetoric about vaccine distribution, on a day the state recorded no new COVID-19 cases.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the pop-up vaccination centre will open at the elimination final in Rockhampton this weekend.
"So people can get their vaccine and also go to the footy," Ms Palaszczuk said.
"The NRL is proud to partner with us as we together support the program to vaccinate Australians."
Speaking earlier at the vaccination hub at the Entertainment Centre in Boondall on Brisbane's northside, Health Minister Yvette D'Ath said the state had set a new record of vaccinations with 23,012 doses having been administered on Tuesday.
The state has 17 active cases and more than 35 per cent of eligible Queenslanders have now been fully vaccinated.
But Ms D'Ath said she was tired of the federal government's rhetoric around vaccines.
"If there's vaccine there, give it to the states," she said.
Ms D'Ath said she hopes some 60,000 doses of vaccine given by the Commonwealth will arrive in Queensland on Thursday, but that federal authorities need to deliver them more quickly.
"The Morrison government stood up … and said come October we'll get the big supplies so we can get the population done," she said.
"It is Queensland Health, it is the state government, that is setting up mass vaccination hubs. It is Queensland Health that is travelling right across this very vast state, delivering to remote communities.
"It's not the Commonwealth, it's us — we're carrying the workload here in vaccinating our community, so they need to stop playing politics. If they've got vaccine, we'll take it.
"Stop announcing the things through press conferences and start actually communicating with the states as to how much they've got on stock, and get it to us."
Restrictions lifted in Logan
Restrictions on visitors to hospitals in the Logan City Local Government Area have been lifted in the wake of the latest outbreak, with mask wearing still mandatory.
"It is great to be able to let people go visit their loved ones in hospital, aged care and disability facilities again so well done to Queensland for coming out and getting tested and doing the right thing," Ms D'Ath said.
She thanked those Logan families in 14-day quarantine after a truck driver who had been in New South Wales tested positive for COVID-19 last week.
Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said the Beenleigh cluster now stands at three people.
She said as a result, it was now safe to reopen hospital visitation.
"I'm confident that we found the vast majority of the people that we needed to find, they're all now in quarantine," Dr Young said.
"And so far, except for the original three cases, of course, they've all tested negative."
Ms D'Ath said the Boondall hub has 1,500 booking slots already filled for today with 3,000 bookings to be filled every day from next week.
"We have the capacity to expand much greater than that, when the supply arrives so we're looking forward to all of those vaccines coming," Ms D'Ath said.
Ms D'Ath said the state government was sick of the Commonwealth playing politics over vaccines.
"We're a little bit sick of the Morrison government coming out and attacking us on vaccines," she said.
"We expect, and the people Queensland expect, a lot more from the Morrison government and it's about time they stop playing these cheap politics."
'Don't wait for the next outbreak'
Dr Young said all COVID clusters had been successfully suppressed across the state.
"We've got that cluster under control, we've got our original Indooroopilly cluster now well and truly under control," she said.
"But I don't know when we're going to get our next outbreak.
"Due to the fantastic work done by Queenslanders each and every single time we've been able to manage all of these different outbreaks, but we need to be prepared."
She reiterated the need for all Queenslanders to get vaccinated.
"Getting vaccinated – it is absolutely critical," Dr Young said.
From late next week, the Moderna vaccine will be available in 1,200 community pharmacies across Queensland.
Walk-ins allowed soon
Dr Young said mass vaccine hubs would soon start allowing people to walk in for a jab without an appointment.
"As soon as we start seeing any capacity because we get more vaccine, we can open up more slots, we'll be offering more bookings," she said.
Ms D'Ath denied reports Queensland Health had not communicated with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) over personnel returning from Afghanistan.
She said the ADF requested up to 400 personnel be able to enter Queensland and that they would be arriving on Friday and Saturday.