Authorities have pleaded with Queenslanders to make the most of a state-wide vaccination blitz this weekend, with 38 community hubs open for walk-in jabs, reports Tracey Ferrier.
There was one new local case of Covid-19 reported on Friday but it poses no threat.
It is linked to Brisbane’s Sunnybank cluster, and the person had been in home quarantine for their entire infectious period.
Health minister Yvette D’Ath says Queenslanders can walk into any of the state’s 38 community vaccination hubs this weekend and get a Pfizer vaccinated without an appointment.
Anyone aged 12 and over is eligible. There will even be a pop-up vaccination centre for footy fans. It will open this afternoon ahead of the two NRL matches to be played in Mackay.
Almost half of the doses needed to vaccinate all eligible Queenslanders have now been administered.
Chief health officer Jeannette Young said today:
We are starting to get that big ramp-up in vaccine supply that we’ve been promised for many months now.
It’s taken us since the 22nd of February, when we did the first vaccination of a nurse on the Gold Coast, to get half of the doses out the door. The aim is over the next month or two to get the rest out.
Queensland Health delivered more than 25,000 vaccines on Thursday with 58.17 per cent of eligible Queenslanders having had one dose of a vaccine, and 39.95 per cent now fully vaccinated.
D’Ath said Queensland had been getting less than its Pfizer allocation but she was hopeful that would be delivered by November, or earlier.
Notorious Sydney gang rapist Mohammed Skaf will leave prison next month after being granted parole with strict conditions.
Skaf, now aged 38, has spent two decades in jail after being convicted for a series of terrifying rapes in Sydney throughout 2000 involving another 14 men, including the ringleader – his brother – Bilal.
He first became eligible for release on parole in 2018.
The State Parole Authority on Friday said Skaf would be granted parole under strict conditions and 24/7 electronic monitoring.
Freeing Skaf at the end of his 23-year sentence in early 2024 without any conditions would have posed an unacceptable risk.
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Speaking of 11 am, we are also expecting to hear from the Victorian leaders then, when they step up for their daily press conference.
THESE PEOPLE DO KNOW THAT OTHER TIMES EXIST RIGHT?
Okay, this has not yet been independently confirmed by Guardian Australia but Nine News is reporting that hotel quarantine will be wound back in NSW.
They’ve suggested that more than 100 people, including Qantas employees, will be able to quarantine from home for 7 days rather than the regular 14 in a control facility.
We will likely get more details at the NSW press conference in half an hour.
We are set to hear news about “quarantine arrangments” today at the NSW press conference.