The Chronicle

Vaccinate to avoid lockdown


NO NEW local cases of Covid-19 were recorded in Queensland yesterday as health authoritie­s urge people to get vaccinated.

In the Darling Downs Health district 49,672 Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administer­ed, according to Queensland Health data, more than 50 per cent of the population aged more than 15 years.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the state government was unsure when Queensland would reach 80 per cent vaccine coverage – the critical milestone where lockdowns and border closures could be a thing of the past.

“We’re doing some forecastin­g and modelling now and it depends on supply,” she said.

“If the federal government gives us supply we’ll put the supply in people’s arms.”

Across the Darling Downs a total of 3,161 quarantine notices have been issued to date, with three active quarantine notices in the region.

Chief health officer Jeannette Young warned Queensland­ers to brace for more Covid-19 outbreaks and called for people to get the jab.

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