Queensland registers zero locally acquired COVID-19 cases as the state goes in the direction of 70 per cent. double-dose vaccine targets

Queensland has registered zero locally acquired cases of COVID-19.

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said Gold Coast residents were still being urged to be tested as contact traces sought the source of two local infections that appeared in the region earlier in the week.

It comes as the state gets closer to reaching the milestone of 70 percent double-dose vaccination.

Just over 81.11 percent of Queensland residents over the age of 16 have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 69.39 percent have received two.

Ms D’Ath said the state was expected to hit the target tomorrow or Monday, paving the way for people to enter from intergovernmental hotspots.

They must be fully vaccinated, arrive by plane, have had a negative COVID-19 test within the previous 72 hours, and take on a 14-day home quarantine.

From Bray Park State High School in the Moreton Bay area, Ms. D’Ath said there were now 58 schools involved in the rollout of the vaccine.

This weekend marks yet another “super-school” vaccination flash in areas across the state with a delayed admission.

“We have had three days in a row with more than 17,000 vaccinations,” Ms D’Ath said.

“They have been such a great success in the past and we will have even more schools open next week.”

‘Long way to go’ for the Gold Coast community

Meanwhile, authorities are continuing to investigate the source of two independent cases discovered on the Gold Coast earlier this week.

Acting Chief Health Officer Peter Aitken said it was encouraging to see that test rates had doubled there in recent days.

“But there is still a long way to go,” said Dr. Aitken.

“Seventy percent is not the end goal. We will hit 80 percent and we will continue.”

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As Schoolies Week is fast approaching and large crowds are expected at the Coolangatta Gold Surf Life Saving Ironman event and the Groundwater Music Festival in Broadbeach this weekend, authorities are particularly keen to increase vaccination.

Dr. Aitken encouraged those who attended events to wear a mask.

“If you’re in crowded places, especially on the Gold Coast … when you can not distance yourself socially, it’s important to wear a mask,” Dr Aitken said.

Nineteen cases remain active throughout the state after 9,212 tests were performed during the last 24 hours.

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