Queensland records zero locally acquired COVID-19 cases as state centimeters to 70 pc double dose vaccine target

Queensland recorded zero locally acquired cases of COVID-19.

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said Gold Coast residents are still being urged to be tested because contact tracers were looking for the source of two local infections that appeared in the region earlier this week.

It comes as the state approaches to hit the milestone of a 70 percent double dose of vaccination.

Just over 81.11 percent of Queenslanders over the age of 16 have now received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, while 69.39 percent have received two.

Ms D’Ath said the state is expected to hit the target tomorrow or Monday, paving the way for people to enter from interstate hotspots.

They must be fully vaccinated, arrive by air, have a negative COVID-19 test in the previous 72 hours and do a 14-day home quarantine.

Speaking from Bray Park State High School in the Moreton Bay area, Ms. D’Ath said there are now 58 schools involved in the launch of the vaccine.

This weekend marks another “high school” vaccination boom in areas across the state with delayed consumption.

“We had three days in a row of more than 17,000 vaccinations,” Ms. D’Ath said.

“They’ve been such a success in the past and we’ll have even more schools open next week.”

“A long way to go” for Gold Coast community

Meanwhile, authorities are still urgently investigating the source of two unrelated cases detected on the Gold Coast earlier this week.

Acting Health Officer Peter Aitken said it is encouraging to see that test rates have doubled there in recent days.

“But there is still a long way to go,” said Dr. Aitken.

“Seventy percent is not the ultimate goal. We want to reach 80 percent and we want to keep going.”

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With Schoolies Week fast approaching and large crowds expected at the Coolangatta Gold Surf Life Saving Ironman event and a Groundwater music festival at Broadbeach this weekend, authorities are particularly keen to stimulate vaccination.

Dr. Aitken encouraged those attending events to wear a mask.

“If you’re in crowded places, especially on the Gold Coast … when you can’t socially distance yourself, it’s important to wear a mask,” Dr. Aitken said.

Nineteen cases remain active across the state after 9,212 tests were conducted in the past 24 hours.

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