Queensland's call to arms

Queenslanders asked to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to ensure a quicker return to more freedom.

The Queensland Government is ramping up its campaign to get more residents vaccinated against COVID-19 and allow greater freedom.

The Federal Government set 70% and 80% vaccination targets in its National Plan to transition Australia’s National COVID-19 Response as triggers for a gradual easing of restrictions, including reduced lockdowns and opening borders.

On 22 August, Queensland had 27.9% of its eligible population fully vaccinated, with 46.6% having one dose.

Queensland’s vaccination figure trailed Tasmania (36.9%), Australian Capital Territory (36.2%), Northern Territory (33.8%), New South Wales (31.5%), Victoria (30.1%) and South Australia (29.5%). Western Australia had 27.2% of its eligible population fully vaccinated.

RACQ CEO David Carter said many of the Club’s 1.8 million members were impacted by border closures.

“With school holidays around the corner, the faster we all receive vaccinations the better," Mr Carter said.

"We know so many of our members are hurting right now - including those living and running businesses in border towns, as well as those dependent on tourists."

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said just one case of COVID’s Delta variant could see Queensland “end up with thousands of cases”.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk urged Queenslanders to get the jab and reduce the risk of further outbreaks and a return to tougher restrictions.

“If you’re sitting at home and you’re thinking, `should I or shouldn’t I get vaccinated’, the answer is, `yes, yes, yes’,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“We need everyone in this state that can be offered a vaccine to get a vaccine.”

Ms Palaszczuk also reminded Queenslanders to get tested for COVID if they had symptoms to help guard against any future breakouts of the highly contagious Delta strain.

“If you have any symptoms, it is absolutely vital you go and get tested,” she said.

“By going and getting tested, you are keeping Queenslanders safe.

“Don’t sit at home and go, `this is just a cold’, if you have any symptoms go and get tested.

“We’ve got to always find that very first case.” 

How to get vaccinated

Queenslanders should register their interest in getting a COVID-19 vaccine to secure an appointment at one of Queensland Health’s vaccination locations across the state.

Once registered, you will be asked to book an appointment in your local area when appointments become available. 

Eligible Queenslanders can also make an appointment via the Vaccine Eligibility Checker to receive their COVID-19 vaccine at an approved General Practice (GP), GP-led respiratory clinic, Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Service, or a participating community pharmacy.

Read more about how to register and book.