Queensland’s top doctor says EVERY single resident of her state will be infected with Covid no matter what they do as state panics over reopening
- Queensland CHO said every person in Queensland will be infected with Covid
- Dr Jeannette Young made the statement to jump-start vaccination in the state
- She said fully vaccinated people were unlikely to become sick with the virus
Queensland’s chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young has claimed every single resident of the state is going to be infected with Covid-19.
During a news conference on Friday, Dr Young said: ‘All of us are going to end up being infected with Covid, but if you’ve been vaccinated it’s highly unlikely you will be sick.
‘We are all of us going to end up being infected with Covid, every single person in Queensland.’
‘We are all of us going to end up being infected with Covid, every single person in Queensland,’ Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said on Friday
Her comments were backed up by Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath who held out the carrot of what sort of Christmas Queenslanders wanted.
‘Vaccination is the only way out of this,’ Ms D’Ath said.
‘The virus will go into every single one of our towns. The question is, are you going to be protected?’
‘What sort of Christmas do you want to see?’
Queensland’s vaccination rate lags behind most other states and territories, with 71.35 per cent of eligible Queenslanders having received one dose of a Covid vaccine, and 54.77 per cent now fully vaccinated.
By contrast, NSW is expect to pass 80 per cent of its eligible population double dose vaccinated by this weekend.
The state reported zero cases of community transmission and one in hotel quarantine in the previous 24 hours. Another person, a truck driver from Victoria, had been notified he was positive but had been double vaccinated and was not considered a risk.
Dr Young’s comments echo those of Queensland’s AMA President Chris Perry, who yesterday urged the Queensland government to set a date for reopening the state in order to encourage residents to get vaccinated.
‘They have to open,” Dr Perry told ABC Radio Brisbane on Thursdy morning.
‘We’re all going to get COVID, we have to keep our tourist industry going.
‘There’s a bit of lockdown fatigue, there’s a bit of vaccination fatigue. People, especially in the regions, are thinking: “She’ll be right mate, it’s not going to come here.” Well it is.’