March 9, 2021
Toowoomba Hospital and QEII Hospital in Brisbane will become Queensland’s latest AstraZeneca vaccination hubs this week.
Priority 1a health workers at the two hospitals are expected to received the first vaccinations at the new hubs on Wednesday (March 10).
The two hospitals join the six Queensland Pfizer hospital hubs announced in January – Cairns, Townsville, the Royal Brisbane and Women’s, Princess Alexandra, Sunshine Coast University and Gold Coast University hospitals – and the AstraZeneca hubs that opened at Logan and Bundaberg on Monday.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the new hubs would provide crucial protection to even more workers on the frontline of Queensland’s fight against COVID-19.
“Queensland’s vaccination rollout is gathering momentum,” the Premier said.
“Fifteen days into our vaccine rollout, more than 10,000 Queenslanders have received their first vaccination.
“These numbers will continue to grow in coming weeks as the AstraZeneca vaccine becomes the second vaccine made available to our Priority 1a frontline workers.”
The Premier said other locations for the administration of the AstraZeneca vaccine would be finalised soon.
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said the Pfizer vaccine rollout continued to exceed its projected targets.
“Queensland Health keeps exceeding its weekly targets, bringing the vaccine to more and more Queenslanders,” the Minister said.
“This is a staged rollout and it’s important to remember that Queensland is reliant on its supply of the vaccine from the Commonwealth.
“We are getting the vaccine to more and more people and very soon our first frontline workers will receive their second vaccine dose.
“We need to prioritise the vaccine for the most vulnerable and ensure a steady stream of supply so that everyone who wants the vaccine will be able to access it when it’s their turn.”
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