Queensland is following in the footsteps of other states, giving people over 60 the chance to get the Pfizer shot to accelerate the state’s lagging vaccination coverage
- From Saturday, Queenslanders over 60 can take Pfizer . receive
- Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the news via Twitter
- Hoping to boost her condition and increase lagging vaccination rates
- Queensland has the lowest percentage of fully vaccinated residents at just 38.8%
The Queensland government will allow residents over 60 to receive the Pfizer vaccine from this Saturday as the state frantically tries to increase its lagging vaccination rate.
Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the news in a video on Twitter, urging anyone in the age bracket who was delaying getting the shot to stop dragging their heels.
According to the Federal Government’s Department of Health, Queensland currently has the lowest number of first dose received and the lowest percentage of fully vaccinated residents.
Only 57.1 percent of the population has rolled up their sleeves for their first dose and 38.8 percent of residents have received both shots.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (pictured) has announced that residents over 60 will be able to receive the Pfizer vaccine from Saturday
“I need everyone over 12 who is eligible to be vaccinated,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“This weekend across Queensland we have a super Pfizer weekend.
“We need to get everyone vaccinated to prevent Delta from coming to Queensland, so walk to a vaccination center this weekend and pick up your Pfizer.”
The announcement comes as Queensland has recorded 0 locally acquired cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, but vaccination coverage is lagging (pictured, a nurse with a Pfizer vaccine)
This announcement comes as Queensland has recorded zero locally acquired cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours.
However, one new case was confirmed in hotel quarantine after a student tested positive during isolation yesterday.
With Queensland lagging behind in the vaccination race, the nation’s capital has the highest percentage of fully vaccinated residents.
In the ACT, 52.1 percent of residents have gotten both jabs, compared to the meager 38.8 percent of Queensland and Western Australia.
Since September 14, Queensland has received the lowest number of first doses and the lowest percentage of fully vaccinated residents (pictured, a 12-year-old girl receives a vaccine in Brisbane)
In an effort to increase vaccination coverage in Western Australia, Prime Minister Mark McGowan also announced on Tuesday that people over 60 will be eligible for the Pfizer vaccine from Monday.
NSW has seen a massive increase in population, with 79.5 percent of residents receiving at least one dose of a vaccine.
Victoria and Tasmania are neck and neck in the first dose rates, with 67.7 and 67.5 respectively.
But Tasmania has clearly moved to vaccination earlier, with 49.3 percent being fully vaccinated, compared to Victoria’s 41.4 percent.
The national total is slowly increasing with 68.5 percent of Australians rolling up their sleeves for a single dose.