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Queensland to open 18 vaccinations hub this weekend


Eighteen coronavirus vaccination hubs will open in Queensland this weekend in a blitz to immunise 15,000 people, aged between 40 and 49.

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath says the priority group is aged care and disability workers, and other frontline workers, but anyone within that age group can register for the Pfizer jab.

“We are calling on all aged care and disability workers to come forward and register, so we can get them booked in for this weekend to get vaccinated,” Ms D’Ath says.

If they come forward, the state’s entire aged care workforce could be vaccinated within three weeks, she says.

“They are at the front line of keeping our most vulnerable safe.”

Walk-in appointments won’t be accepted.

People aged 50 and over still need to go to a GP to get the vaccine instead of the hubs.

In addition to the state's 15 existing vaccination sites, there will be hubs at the Logan Entertainment Centre, the Springfield Tower and the Rocklea showgrounds.

It comes after a record 9,131 people got vaccinated in Queensland yesterday.

Hub locations

All 18 hubs will be open on Saturday while 10 will be open on Sunday, with officials hoping to complete 15,000 vaccinations over the weekend.

• Baillie Henderson Hospital (Toowoomba)
• Brighton Health Campus
• Bundaberg TAFE
• Cairns Hospital
• CQU City Campus (Mackay)
• Gold Coast University Hospital
• Hervey Bay TAFE
• Ipswich Hospital Cribb House
• Logan Entertainment Centre
• Moreton Bay Integrated Care Centre
• Princess Alexandra Hospital
• Queensland Children’s Hospital
• Rocklea Showgrounds
• Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital
• STARS (Surgical Treatment and Rehabilitation Services) – Herston
• Sunshine Coast University Hospital
• Springfield Tower
• Townsville University Hospital

Restrictions extended

Queensland is extending its COVID-19 restrictions for another seven days as Victoria prepares for a second week of lockdown.

Ms D'Ath says Queensland would continue to declare Victoria a COVID-19 hotspot, meaning only returning Queensland residents would be allowed in and have to undergo a fortnight of hotel quarantine.

People who entered Queensland before the hard border closure was imposed last week would also have to continue to abide by Victoria's lockdown rules.