Late vaccination rates led to a severe response from the Queensland authorities with five communities notified.
A grim warning has been issued to Queenslanders as the state’s vaccination rate lags, with five selected communities urging to up their game and get a jab.
People living in the Ipswich and Logan areas near Brisbane, the scenic city of Beaudesert, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast were asked to apply for the vaccination.
Queensland has now slipped to last place among states and territories in launching vaccination.
Janet Young, chief health officer, will travel to central Queensland, Mackay and Rockhampton on Wednesday to urge those communities to increase their vaccination rate.
As of Wednesday, only 48.89 percent of people aged 16 and over had been vaccinated twice in the Sunshine state, trailing Western Australia at 49 percent.
“We’ll see the delta variable come in and it won’t be able to be controlled,” Dr. Young said.
“The only officer will be those who are vaccinated.”
The warning came after the country once again avoided a sixth lockdown with zero “incredible” cases recorded in the 24 hours to 8 p.m.
This means that no cases have been linked to the case of the mysterious Brisbane masseuse announced on Monday, who has been contagious in the community for 10 days.
Prime Minister Anastasia Balaschuk said three cases were detected in quarantine overnight – two in hotels and one in a hospital, but health authorities were not concerned.
Brisbane airport has been listed as one of three new sites for overnight exposure, while reports have also spread that several hospitals in the north of the state are nearing capacity, even as Covid numbers decline.
Australian mentioned Hospitals in Townsville, Cairns, Mackay and Mount Isa issued “Code Yellow” capacity alerts Tuesday, raising questions about the state’s ability to deal with the sudden surge in coronavirus numbers.
Queensland Prime Minister Anastasia Pallaschuk warned last week that a lack of federal health funding could close state borders even if the double-dose vaccination rate reached 80 per cent.