Before Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that walk-ins would be accepted at all state-run COVID vaccination hubs, her Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said Queenslanders needed to come forward now, particularly as Victoria’s case numbers climbed to their highest point and infections mounted in NSW.
“Today is the day you should go out and get vaccinated, remembering that it is at least five weeks from when you get your first vaccine that you are fully covered,” she said, referring to the three-week wait between Pfizer doses — the shortest among the three vaccines now available.
Griffith University infectious diseases expert Nigel McMillan said it was not surprising that there had been transmission between two vaccinated people, as the COVID-19 vaccines did not prevent transmission, just disease.
“There are only two vaccines we have that give what is called sterilising immunity, which means you don’t get any virus — one is measles, and the other is chickenpox,” he said.
“So this COVID-19 vaccine is behaving like every other vaccine we have.
Asked if she thought the state would reach a point where the virus was circulating widely in the community by the end of the year, Dr Young almost scoffed: “I think it might be earlier than the end of the year”.
“We’re getting, as you can see, cases every single day coming into Queenlsand,” Dr Young said.
“And they’ll continue to come when we’ve got large numbers of cases just on the other side of our border.”