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Children over 12 now eligible for vaccine as state records one case


Queensland has recorded one new locally-acquired case as the vaccination of children over 12 is set to escalate next week.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk also announced that walk-ins will be accepted at State Government-run clinics at Townsville, Rockhampton and Mackay from this weekend.

The one new locally-acquired case is a 10-year-old boy, the older brother of a four-year-old girl who was part of the Beenleigh cluster.

The boy is already in quarantine and health authorities are not concerned.

“There’s no risk here at all because of the work by these 100 families in quarantine,” Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young says.

Dr Young says from next Monday, any child who is 12 years and older will be able to get vaccinated.

"The more people are vaccinated the less the risk of an outbreak spreading," Dr Young says.

There were than 23,889 vaccinations were administered yesterday.