The Queensland government will open 14 community-based vaccination centers by the end of July, helping to make the implementation of the COVID vaccine easier.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the centers will be set up to coincide with the increased supply of vaccines announced by the federal government.
Members of the general public aged 40 to 49 who may wish to receive a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination will be able to register for the vaccination.
“So far our job has been to vaccinate groups 1a and 1b which include our workforce in hotel quarantine, healthcare, 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 age group who may want to register to be vaccinated.
“We don’t want an ounce of vaccine to go to waste.”
Four community-based vaccination sites have already been established in the Wide Bay and Mackay regions at:
- Central Queensland University City Campus (Mackay)
- Bundaberg TAFE
- Hervey Bay TAFE
- Maryborough Town Hall
Three community-based vaccination sites in southeastern Queensland will be activated in the coming weeks.
Seven more community-based vaccination sites will be progressively opened.
The state is preparing for mass vaccination when Pfizer vaccine supplies are expected to increase in the final quarter of 2021.
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said community hubs will help Queensland’s recalibrated launch.
“From the TGA’s advice on AstraZeneca, Queensland has had to adapt its approach to vaccine launch,” the minister said.
“We are making the vaccine as accessible as possible and maximizing our vaccine delivery capacity.
“Yep, we have set up Pfizer hubs in hospitals at every HHS across Queensland to provide greater accessibility to vaccines.
“The Palaszczuk government will ensure that the launch of our vaccine is as accessible as possible and these community vaccine centers will further help Queenslanders, regardless of where they are, to access the vaccine.”
Premier and Minister of Commerce
The Honorable Annastacia Palaszczuk
Minister of Health and Ambulance Services
The Honorable Yvette D’Ath