Queensland Director of Health Dr Jeannette Young has claimed that every resident of the state will be infected with Covid-19.
At a press conference on Friday, Dr Young said: ‘We are all going to end up getting infected with Covid, every person in Queensland. ”
“But if you have been vaccinated you are very unlikely to be sick and certainly very unlikely to end up in hospital or intensive care. ”
Dr Young takes shelter from the rain during Friday’s press conference at Stafford Bunnings in Brisbane. “We are all going to end up getting infected with Covid, every person in Queensland,” she told reporters
Dr Young’s comments came after Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk posted a Tweet on Wednesday in which she wrote: “We have done everything we can to protect you, but this next step is up to you.
“We can’t protect you if you don’t protect yourself. ”
The comments were interpreted as Ms Palaszczuk softening her stance on opening Queensland before Christmas.
She had previously left open the fact that Queensland may not reopen to 80% of its fully vaccinated eligible population due to uneven rates across the state.
“The Delta strike will come here in Queensland,” Palaszczuk warned last week.
“We need to increase our vaccination rates as high as possible before we have these epidemics here. “
Today’s announcement by NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet that his state will reopen to all travelers and waive hotel quarantine from November 1 will increase pressure on Queensland to announce a defined plan as it approaches. its high tourist season.
Dr Young’s comments today were backed up by Queensland Minister of Health Yvette D’Ath, who handed out the carrot of the kind of Christmas the people of Queensland wanted.
‘Today’s announcement by NSW makes [vaccinaiton] even more critical, ”said Ms. D’Ath.
“If you get vaccinated today, it will be five to six weeks before you are fully covered by this vaccine, and that’s why you can’t afford to wait.
“Vaccination is the only way out. The virus will go to each of our cities. The question is: are you going to be protected?
“What kind of Christmas do you want to see? “
Dr Young’s comments in June on AstraZeneca had been blamed for reluctance to vaccinate in Queensland
Queensland Minister of Health Yvette D’Ath braves the rain in Brisbane. She said the government would release a roadmap to open Queensland to other states within the next five to six weeks.
Queensland is under pressure to announce when it will fully reopen to states such as NSW and Victoria
Queensland’s vaccination rate lags behind most other states and territories, with 71.35% of eligible Queenslanders having received a dose of a Covid vaccine, and 54.77% now fully vaccinated.
In contrast, NSW expects 80% of its eligible population to be double-dose vaccinated by this weekend.
The state has not reported any cases of community transmission and one quarantined case at the hotel in the past 24 hours. Another person, a truck driver from Victoria, had been told he was positive but had been double vaccinated and was not considered a risk.
Dr Young’s comments echo those of WADA Queensland President Chris Perry, who yesterday urged the Queensland government to set a date for the state to reopen to encourage residents to get vaccinated .
“They have to open up,” Dr Perry told ABC Radio Brisbane on Thursday morning.
“We’re all going to have COVID, we need to keep our tourism industry running.
“There is a little locking fatigue, there is a little vaccination fatigue. People, especially in the regions, say to themselves: “She will be the right one, it will not come here. “Well it is.”
Dr Young was repeatedly forced to defend comments she made about the AstraZeneca vaccine at a press conference in June, which some commentators see as creating hesitation over vaccines in Queensland .
“I don’t want an 18-year-old from Queensland to die of a bleeding disease which, if he got COVID, probably wouldn’t die. “
At the time, Dr. Young was asked whether people under the age of 60 should wait for supplies of Pfizer vaccine rather than being vaccinated with the more abundant and locally produced AstraZeneca vaccine.
In September, she defended her comments by saying she was urging people to choose the right vaccine, not to avoid vaccines.
“I strongly believe that young people – and I said 18 years in this commentary – should have Pfizer,” she said.
“I don’t think they should get AstraZeneca. And we have a lot of Pfizer and they can go out and get Pfizer or Moderna.
Queensland’s vaccination rate lags behind most other states and territories, with 71.35% of eligible Queenslanders having received a dose of a Covid vaccine, and 54.77% now fully vaccinated
Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said the government would release a roadmap to open Queensland to other states within the next five to six weeks. Pictured: A Brisbane resident crosses the city’s famous Story Bridge on his bicycle
Ms D’Ath said the government would release a roadmap for opening up Queensland to other states within the next five to six weeks.
Dr Perry said a date was needed to encourage those lagging behind in the state’s vaccination.
“We ask the Prime Minister to give us a specific date, December 1, December 14, Christmas Eve, something so that reservations can be made,” he said.
“And people can get up and go get their vaccine very, very safe, so when they get COVID they’re not very sick, blocking the health care system and killing themselves or giving themselves COVID in the long run.
Dr Young said the state’s border parameters will need to be reassessed if NSW allows international travel without quarantine from November, but it did not yet have enough information on the plan.
“There was a huge change this morning that I couldn’t understand,” she said.
“So I have to go figure out what this change means, and it’s not just a change that will impact NSW, opening the borders to NSW then leads to a flow. to all other states.
“So I just need to recalibrate my thinking that I have come across over the past few weeks. “