Major hospitals from Cairns down to the Gold Coast will act as Queensland’s hubs for delivering the Pfizer vaccine.
The six locations will include Cairns Hospital, Townsville Hospital, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Sunshine Coast University Hospital and Gold Coast University Hospital.
Healthcare worker Sanna Elkadiri, left, was the first Dutch recipient of a shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine at a mass vaccination centre in Veghel, Netherlands. (Associated Press)
“Using these facilities as a base for this rollout means we can manage the logistics of the Pfizer vaccine, which is actually quite complex,” Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said.
“It has strict limitations on its storage, transport and distribution which makes it unsuitable for how we would normally rollout a widespread vaccination campaign.
“We have chosen our state’s largest hospitals, from the top and tail of our state.
“Queensland will begin this process as soon as we receive the first Pfizer vaccines from the Federal Government”.
Priority groups will include quarantine and border workers, frontline COVID-19 health workers, aged care and disability care staff as well as aged care and disability care residents.
Earlier, the sites where New South Wales residents will receive the COVID-19 vaccination were also revealed.
The hospitals include Royal Prince Alfred, Westmead, Liverpool, Hornsby, St George, Nepean, Newcastle, Wollongong, Coffs Harbour, Dubbo and Wagga Wagga.
The sites where New South Wales residents will receive the COVID-19 vaccination have been revealed to be 11 major hospitals. (Nine News)
People in the first priority group include paramedics, emergency department workers, critical care ward staff, health care staff at COVID-testing sites and those administering the jab.
Transport workers are also likely to be among the first to be vaccinated.
“Once more vaccine doses become available from Phase 1b, it is expected that one or more COVID-19 vaccines will be available for the wider population through usual immunisation providers, including GP practices, GP respiratory clinics and Aboriginal health services,” NSW Health said.
The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine – which is expected to be available from the end of March – is yet to be approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
Yesterday NSW recorded its 11th consecutive day of no community transmission.
The run of no local cases has prompted the easing of restrictions, from today.
The wearing of face masks will no longer be required inside shopping centres and supermarkets.
But masks will remain mandatory on public transport, in places of worship and beauty salons and by front of house hospitality staff.
Up to 30 people are now allowed in homes, including children, and 50 people can attend outdoor events such as picnics.
As many as 300 people can now attend weddings, subject to the one person per four-square-metre rule.
The easing of restrictions came into effect the day after Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the state’s border with NSW will reopen on February 1.