The Queensland government has announced a massive new vaccination centre to boost the rate of Pfizer jabs being given out in the state. It opens tomorrow at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.
“Vaccinations are vital to ending this pandemic. I encourage all Queenslanders to register for a vaccination,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said in a statement.
The hub will be open seven days a week and takes bookings only – no walk-ins will be permitted. Vaccination slots have also opened to Queenslanders aged between 16 and 59 years old.
Around 1000 to 1500 vaccinations will be given daily in the hub’s first days, with some 3000 doses expected to be administered each day from Saturday August 14, when additional supply arrives.
The exhibition centre hub will mainly be using Pfizer vaccines, although Astra Zeneca is also available for those who’ve already had their first dose. General practitioners and pharmacies will continue offering Astra Zeneca to over-sixties and anyone younger who chooses to take it with informed consent.
Priority for vaccines will be given to those on the state’s long waitlist, although all eligible residents are asked to register online and they’ll be contacted with an available slot.
The pop-up vaccination hub is scheduled to stay at the centre until October 9. Parking at the centre is free for those scheduled for vaccination.