Gold Coast residents will be the first Queenslanders to receive the coronavirus vaccine.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has received confirmation shipments of the Pfizer vaccine are coming into Australia.
“They will be making sure that the batches are correct and then towards the end of the month there’ll be a slow rollout,” she told reporters ahead of a cabinet meeting in Ipswich on Monday.
Queensland authorities are ready to rapidly roll out the shot at special hubs in Cairns, Townsville, the Sunshine Coast, the Gold Coast and in Brisbane’s north and south.
Ms Palaszczuk says the first hub to start work will be the Gold Coast.
“It will start in one hub first to do the testing, to make sure everything’s fine ,and then be rolled out to the other hubs,” the premier said.
She couldn’t say what proportion of the state’s population needed to be vaccinated to protect everyone but initial reports showed the recent vaccination drive in the UK was having an impact.
Ms Palaszczuk said she trusted Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young’s judgment on the safety of the Pfizer vaccine.
“The World Health Organisation is very much saying that we have to vaccinate and Dr Jeanette Young has said that it is safe,” the premier said.
“If she says it’s safe, I’ll be having the vaccine and everyone else should have the vaccine.”
Meanwhile, Acting Health Minister Steven Miles is being briefed on the oubreak of coronavirus in New Zealand with Auckland going into a three-day lockdown after three cases were reported.
Ms Palaszczuk said flights will be halted but anyone entering Queensland from NZ will have to undergo mandatory hotel quarantine.
Queensland Health is set to provide an update on about 1500 people within the state who may have been exposed to coronavirus carriers in Melbourne later on monday.
They’re still trying to contact another 50 close contacts of thos people but authorities have tested 800 people for the virus and all have come back negative.
Queensland reported no new cases of the virus with seven active cases across the state.