Queensland has recorded three new community cases as the Premier warns unvaccinated people that this “virus will hunt you down”.
The three new cases are all in Goondiwindi.
The first case is a contact of a known cluster but not of great concern.
The second case has been in the community for five days but all of their household contacts have tested negative.
The third case is a woman in her 30s who’s been in the community for four days.
The first two cases were unvaccinated and the third case had received one dose of AstraZeneca, prompting Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s dire warning.
“Today is a wake-up call for every Queenslander and every community. You can have a very high vaccination rate and this virus will hunt you down,” she says.
“If you’re unvaccinated you will get very sick.
Ms Palaszczuk says Goondiwindi’s high vaccination rate (83 per cent fully vaxxed) means it will avoid a snap lockdown, but is reminding Queenslanders of the importance of getting the jab.
“It’s a message to Queenslanders right across the state - your community needs to get vaccinated,” Ms Palaszczuk says.
“Vaccination rates in the southeast are going quite well..
“Our regions are still lagging.”
Ms Palaszczuk says the panel to choose the next Chief Health Officer has been reconvened but did not elaborate on the reason why Dr Krispin Hajkowicz stepped away from the role but says the reason is private..
“I do wish him and his family all the best,” she says.
LGA VAX RATE AS OF NOVEMBER 1
INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY VAX IS VITAL
Communities and Housing Minister Leeanne Enoch has been visiting far north Queensland this week to promote vaccination against COVID-19 in Indigenous communities.
Ms Enoch has visited Wujal Wujal and Cooktown where she met with Queensland Health representatives, Gungarde Community Centre Aboriginal Corporation and Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott.
“Vaccination rates are low in too many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities,” Ms Enoch said.
“It is so important that communities – and especially First Nations Elders who are the precious libraries of our history and the cultural compass of our future – are vaccinated.
“We cannot risk losing even a small proportion of this cultural leadership.
“Vaccinations are so very important for all Queenslanders but particularly within Indigenous communities, so I have been meeting with community leaders to talk about the need to get vaccinated and to combat misinformation about the vaccine.”