Officials see more walk-in comments as stocks run out and GP doses go unused
A department spokesman later said there were 143,878 confirmed first dose reservations in the system over the next 30 days and 222,941 for second doses. It would not be based on the number of daily registrations recorded in the last week.
On average during that period, the number of reserves equates to 12,227 per day. The 179,097 doses administered by the state during the 10 days to Sunday come to a daily average of 17,909.
“Each week, as our supply increases, we are issuing more invitations to vaccination appointments for those who have registered, as spots become available,” the spokesperson said.
Health Director Jeannette Young also expressed concern that the capacity of 341 GP clinics across the state, set to increase in the coming weeks, to distribute the Pfizer vaccine is being underutilized, urging people to find one. with available doses.
“So could people come forward because GPs are not using the full amount allocated to them by the Commonwealth?” Dr Young said, as Commonwealth implementation ramps up and additional doses of Pfizer arrive from the UK and Singapore.
“By mid-October, Queensland GPs will have 340,000 doses of Pfizer.”
As of Sunday, the decentralized state’s complete vaccination rate was 34.75 percent of the population 16 and older, with a first-dose rate of 53.3 percent. Only the Western Australian double dose rate is lower.
The most recent regional breakdown of Queensland’s deployment by statistical area, as of August 29, shows that some of the lowest protected areas lag behind by up to half the rate of the leading regions, with the state average high in the north. , west and downtown Brisbane, along with the Sunshine Coast.
Brisbane West, the region at the center of the state’s recent school outbreak, had about 40.7 percent of its eligible population fully vaccinated and 62.1 percent had received at least one dose, while the Mackay region, Isaac and Whitsunday alone have achieved more than 20 percent and 39.7 percent, respectively.
Outside the Mackay, Logan and Beaudesert area (23.8% fully vaccinated and 40% with at least one dose), Central Queensland (25.5% and 42%) and Ipswich (26.7% and 44.1% ) are also well maintained. the state average.
Palaszczuk said authorities were closely monitoring progress and prioritizing those in which less than half of the eligible population had received at least one dose.
“We have addressed those issues by making sure we are setting up vaccination centers in those areas and we are making it easy for some communities to go walk-ins,” he said of Logan, Caboolture and Ipswich.
Dr. Young said walk-ins, of which the Logan center accepted 885 on Sunday, would also open at more centers as reserves “run out.”
The drive-in hubs, which were used in Victoria, were not yet necessary to be considered, as the virus was not “taking our community by storm,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
AstraZeneca, which is not subject to the same supply restrictions as Pfizer and the government has been urged to consider its use in state centers such as New South Wales and Victoria, could be obtained from GPs and pharmacies.
“There are many options open to Queenslanders and now is the time to get vaccinated,” said Ms Palaszczuk.
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