Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told a COVID-19 update on Thursday Queensland needs to reach the 90 per cent jab milestone as “quickly as possible as the virus will hunt out the unvaccinated”.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said coronavirus “hunts down” the unvaccinated as she again implored Queenslanders to roll up their sleeves for two jabs.
Ms Palaszczuk told a COVID-19 update on Thursday there were three new infections recorded in the state’s hotel quarantine program overnight.
The trio had arrived in Sunshine State from Victoria and were all unvaccinated.
“The virus hunts down the unvaccinated,” she said.
“It’s a clear example today of three people coming into Queensland and they were unvaccinated and they have the virus.
“So it’s absolutely imperative that we continue to drive this vaccination program.”
The Premier said the Sunshine State is “getting closer and closer” to its 80 per cent double-dose target, with 85.29 per cent on Queenslanders having received at least one jab and 74.51 per cent fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
“We are steadily climbing up to that 90 per cent and we really do need that 90 per cent as quickly as possible as the virus will hunt out the unvaccinated,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
She believes Queensland could hit 90 per cent sometime in January but it is dependent on “how quickly” the state reaches 80 per cent fully vaccinated.
A reporter asked the Premier if there is a “back-up plan” if the state fails to hit the 90 per cent target – but Ms Palaszczuk reiterated she is hopeful the state remains on track.
It comes after The Courier Mail reported reaching the milestone is not yet guaranteed.
Ms Palaszczuk told the press conference she believes Queensland remains on “target”.
“We’re on target. I am absolutely confident we are on target and the evidence is on people coming out and getting vaccinated,” she said.
Queensland will allow fully vaccinated travellers in from New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory without a quarantine requirement when the state hits the 80 per cent double dose target, expected in early December.
Travellers will have to return a negative PCR test within 72 hours of their arrival into Queensland.