Queensland’s first COVID-19 vaccine jab set for Gold Coast on Monday
The first Queenslander to receive the Pfizer vaccine is likely to be a Queensland Health nurse from the frontline COVID-19 fever clinic on the Gold Coast.
The Gold Coast University Hospital has one of Queensland’s five remaining positive COVID cases.
The Gold Coast University Hospital is also where actor Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson were treated for COVID-19 infection 12 months ago in one of the world’s first high-profile cases.
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath and Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young will make the announcement on Sunday morning.
The first 125,000 Queenslanders to receive the COVID-19 vaccine are nurses who work with COVID-19-positive individuals and quarantine workers.
These nurses are characterised as Phase 1a under the federal government-approved COVID-19 vaccine rollout program.
It includes staff who work in:
- providing direct clinical care to COVID-19 positive individuals
- COVID-19/Infectious Disease Wards
- Emergency Departments
- Intensive Care Units
- Queensland Ambulance Service frontline responders
- Fever and Respiratory Clinics
- public and private (international) aeromedical retrieval teams
- Pathology staff, medical researchers and scientists working with SARS-CoV-2
The next phase of nurses and frontline workers, the first 125,000 Queenslanders to be vaccinated, are priority quarantine and border workers, who are defined as:
- staff who work in quarantine facilities including workers who deliver health services, personal services, security services, all front and back of house hotel and cleaning services, and passenger transport services
- staff who work in air and sea border security including relevant Australian Federal
Police and Queensland Police Service staff
- Queensland residents working in international air crew
- marine pilots
- Aged care and disability care workers (vaccination rollout managed by the Australian Government Health department)
- Aged care and disability care residents
How will the first Queenslanders know when they are required to be vaccinated?
- For the initial weeks of the program, Hospital and Health Services will establish lists of Phase 1a eligible people.
- Those on the list will be invited by Queensland’s 16 Hospital and Health Service areas to make an appointment for vaccination at their nearest vaccination hub.
- Cairns Hospital, Townsville Hospital, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Sunshine Coast University Hospital and Gold Coast University Hospital will act as Queensland’s six ‘hubs’ for the Pfizer vaccine.
- From mid-March, eligible people will be able to book online via Queensland Health for vaccination at a Queensland Health vaccination hub.
- If you are part of this group you will receive an email or letter with an invitation code and instructions on how to book an appointment.
- Information on how to book for people in other priority groups will be available from Queensland Health very soon.
The next phase of Queenslanders to receive the vaccination – known as Phase 1b workers are workers in high risk of coronavirus infection.
- Elderly adults aged 70 years and over
- Other health care workers
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over 55
- Younger adults with an underlying medical condition, including those with a disability
- Critical and high risk workers including defence, police, fire emergency services and meat processing workers
Overall this vaccination category includes about one million people and about two million doses.
This second rollout of vaccine jabs will be delivered at pharmacies, GPs and hospitals, similar to how the influenza vaccine was administered.
Tony Moore is a senior reporter at the Brisbane Times