Queensland could hit its 90 per cent vaccination target by early 2022, a top cop responsible for the state’s rollout insists.
The state’s vaccine operations coordinator, Acting Deputy Commissioner Shane Chelepy, said people living in southern states – with much higher vaccination rates than Queensland – were driven to get vaccinated after being stuck in lockdown for months.
“We need people to get vaccinated [in Queensland] to hold our freedoms,” he said.
At 90 per cent, there will be no entry restrictions or quarantine for vaccinated arrivals into Queensland from interstate or overseas, but no date has been fixed to that target.
Meanwhile, thousands of frontline emergency vehicles will carry a message urging all Queenslanders to get vaccinated. Fire trucks, police vehicles, SES vehicles and ambulances will be adorned with magnetised messages urging people to get the jab.
The message will read: “Our jobs save lives, your jab saves lives.” Across Queensland, there are more than 6000 frontline response vehicles.
Queensland Emergency Services Minister Mark Ryan said there was an urgency to the state’s vaccination rollout.
“The COVID clock is ticking,” he said. “COVID is coming. We want everyone vaccinated before the borders open and the virus arrives.”
In Queensland, 76.13 per cent of people aged over 16 have received one dose of a COVID vaccine and 61.79 per cent are doubled-dosed.
The borders will open to vaccinated people from interstate hotspots without the need for quarantine from December 17, or at 80 per cent if the target is reached sooner.