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‘Magical window’: Vaccine hub to ramp up amid multicultural messaging push

But recent situations in the southern states have spurred the government into action.

“We’ve seen in parts of Melbourne and of course western Sydney, where there have been slow uptakes from our multicultural communities getting vaccinated,” Ms Palaszczuk said. “We’re going to make sure that definitely doesn’t happen here in Queensland.”

“We’ve got to be prepared”: Samoan community leader John Pale.

“We’ve got to be prepared”: Samoan community leader John Pale.Credit:Matt Dennien

After Thursday’s media briefing, leaders from nine communities lined up to deliver messages supporting vaccination for packaging and delivery via social media, in an effort to further boost the work being done by local health units and cultural groups.

One, John Pale, a senior member of the Samoan community, said any additional work by officials to reach people and encourage them to get vaccinated was welcome to counter hesitancy and misinformation as there was “no perfection in any community”.

Of the 18.2 per cent of households where a language other than English was spoken at the time of the 2016 Census, compared to 13.5 per cent Queensland-wide, the Logan local government area was home to almost one-tenth of all Samoan speakers in the country.

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Many in his community have also made their way to Australia via New Zealand – listed as the country of birth of 7.7 per cent of the LGA’s population, a group which makes up more than 10 per cent of New Zealand-born people living in Queensland.

“For the sake of the family, and the community, and for your own sake … it’s better to do something than to do nothing,” Mr Pale said. “We’ve got to be prepared.”

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young has warned any breach of the border or Delta strain case in the community would trigger another lockdown until the state reached full vaccination levels of at least 70 per cent.

From Friday, essential workers crossing the southern border with NSW are required to show proof of at least one vaccine dose, with efforts under way to further tighten the definition and reduce travel from the locked-down side of the border community.

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