Queensland follows in the footsteps of other states and allows over 60s the chance to get the Pfizer jab to speed up the state’s lagging vaccination rate
- From Saturday Queenslanders over the age of 60 will be able to receive Pfizer
- Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the news via Twitter
- Hoping to spark her state and increase the lagging vaccination percentages
- Queensland has the lowest rate of fully vaccinated residents, being only 38.8%
The Queensland government will allow residents over 60 to receive the Pfizer vaccine from this Saturday as the state feverishly attempts to increase its lagging vaccination rate.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the news in a video on Twitter, calling for anyone in the age bracket who was putting off getting the jab to stop dragging their heels.
According to the federal government’s department of health Queensland currently has the lowest rate of first doses received and the lowest percentage of fully vaccinated residents.
Only 57.1 per cent of the population have rolled up their sleeve for their first dose, and 38.8 per cent of residents have received both jabs.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (pictured) has announced that residents over the age of 60 can receive the Pfizer vaccine from Saturday
‘I need everyone over 12 who is eligible to be vaccinated,’ Ms Palaszczuk said.
‘This weekend right across Queensland we are having a super Pfizer weekend.
‘We need everyone vaccinated to prevent Delta coming in to Queensland, so this weekend walk on in to a vaccination centre and get your Pfizer.’
The announcement comes as Queensland recorded 0 locally acquired cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, but the vaccination rate is lagging behind (pictured, a nurse with a Pfizer vaccine)
This announcement comes as Queensland recorded zero locally acquired cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hour period.
However one new case was confirmed in hotel quarantine after a student tested positive while isolating yesterday.
As Queensland lags behind in the vaccination race, the nation’s capital has the highest rate of fully vaccinated residents.
In the ACT 52.1 per cent of residents have received both jabs, compared to Queensland and Western Australia’s measly 38.8 per cent.
As of September 14, Queensland has the lowest rate of first doses received and the lowest percentage of fully vaccinated residents (pictured, a 12-year-old girl receives a vaccine in Brisbane)
In a bid to boost the Western Australia vaccination rate, Premier Mark McGowan also announced on Tuesday that people over the age of 60 were eligible for the Pfizer vaccine from Monday.
NSW has seen a huge surge in the population rolling up their sleeves, with 79.5 per cent of residents having received at least one dose of a vaccine.
Victoria and Tasmania are neck and neck in the first dose percentages, with 67.7 and 67.5 respectively.
But Tasmania has clearly taken to vaccination earlier, with 49.3 per cent being fully vaccinated, compared to Victoria’s 41.4 per cent.
The national total is slowly increasing with 68.5 per cent of Australians rolling up their sleeves for one dose.