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QLD records one Covid case as Premier demands apology

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The Premier says she feels vindicated by the Federal Government’s call for analysis into how the coronavirus jab impacts young children.

Annastacia Palaszczuk last month warned children were at risk of getting infected by the Delta variant currently ravaging large parts of New South Wales. She called for more research on the impact on unvaccinated kids.

This week, Pfizer announced its Covid vaccine works for children ages five to 11, and it is seeking to roll out the jab in the United States.

Now Ms Palaszczuk is demanding an apology from Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt.

“I was loudly criticised… I was attacked relentlessly by the federal government.

“Today and yesterday, we hear that Greg Hunt is now speaking with the Therapeutic Goods Administration to run analysis of the trials of five to 11s, which Pfizer has been conducting.”

She says she did not deserve to be “attacked” for flagging concerns around lifting lockdowns even if 80 per cent of the population is vaccinated.

“Queenslanders should feel vindicated that the federal government has looked to the international research and is now doing something about it.”

It comes as the state records one new locally acquired case, a person in home quarantine and linked to Brisbane’s Sunnybank cluster.

Ms Palaszczuk once again warned Queenslanders to use the “window of opportunity” while there is low case numbers to get vaccinated, before the Delta variant heads north.

"There is a massive outbreak on our doorstop in New South Wales… the hospitals will be overwhelmed in the next month in New South Wales.

“The only way we are going to not end up like New South Wales is having strong borders and if people keep getting vaccinated."

Around 60 per cent of eligible Queensland residents have had their first vaccination and 42 per cent are fully immunised.