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Premier pleads 'get vaccinated' despite no new local cases


Queensland has recorded no new cases of Covid-19 in the community, but three people in hotel quarantine have returned positive tests.

At a visit to a vaccination hub in Ipswich, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk describes the case numbers as "good news" following last week's clusters in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

However, she warns Queensland doesn't have enough people vaccinated to ease pressure on the hospital system should there be a Delta outbreak as seen in the southern states.

Code yellow alarms were activated at Mackay, Cairns, Townsville and Mount Isa hospital yesterday as the system struggles to keep up with demand despite low Covid-19 cases.

"The best thing Queenslanders can do is get vaccinated.

"We will be exposed - this is the central issue... I am urging Queenslanders to come forward to get vaccinated to protect yourself, protect your family and protect your community."

As of Wednesday, 67.76 per cent have had one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and 48.89 are double dosed.

Ms Palaszczuk specifically called on people in Beaudesert, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast, Mackay, Central Queensland and the Cape York to improve their vaccination rates.

When asked about borders reopening, she says Queensland is following the national plan.

"We are in Phase A and we are following Phase A.

"The federal government has to plan the booster shots... we have to get everyone vaccinated, then we have to get everyone the booster shot, then we need a plan for the children."

Minister for Health Yvette D’Ath says even if people are not concerned about their own health, they should get vaccinated to protect healthcare workers.

"Do it for our doctors, our nurses, our cleaners, our wards people.

"We have seen people go into hospitals in New South Wales without the virus, contracted the virus within the hospital and has died as a consequence.

“We are just asking for that guarantee to continue because we are still seeing fluctuations in our hospitals.

“We will learn to live with Covid but what we don’t want is the pandemic of the unvaccinated."