The COVID-19 vaccine rollout will happen in stages and eligible people can now book to receive a jab.
Queensland Health’s vaccine strategy is guided by the COVID-19 vaccine National roll-out strategy.
The rollout in Queensland aims to protect the community and maintain a robust health system. Every Queenslander who wants to be vaccinated will have that opportunity, however, some patience may be required.
Vaccination is the most effective way to protect against infectious diseases. Vaccines strengthen your immune system by training it to recognise and fight against specific viruses. When you get vaccinated, you are protecting yourself and helping to protect the whole community.
What percentage of the population needs to get vaccinated before we achieve herd immunity?
The percentage changes depending on the disease and how effective the vaccine is at preventing transmission. Usually, 50% – 90% of a population needs to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity. At least one Australian premier has set 80% COVID vaccine coverage as the benchmark for a return to relatively normal lives without lockdowns and the ability to travel.
It is important to have both COVID vaccine doses of the same strain. If you start with Pfizer, make sure you have Pfizer for your second vaccine. The same goes for Astra Zeneca and any other brands of vaccine that may arrive here later in the year.
The federal government’s expert vaccine advisory panel currently recommends the Pfizer vaccine is given three weeks apart.
People who’ve had their AstraZeneca jab are advised to wait 12 weeks before getting their second dose.
Eligibility groups will be gradually opened based on specific criteria and by certain age groups, so Qld Health can manage the balance between vaccine availability and individual locations capacity.
Check your eligibility here.
Go to the Qld Government Health website.
Before leaving your first dose appointment, make sure you are booked in for your second dose appointment.
Allow around 45 mins for your appointment. This allows time for your patient screening, the actual vaccination and observation after the injection. Read more on the Qld Government Health website about what to expect at your COVID-19 vaccination.