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Queensland 'unbelievable' but Young frowns on towns dragging their feet on jabs

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The Queensland government is ramping up calls for people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 with the state close to suppressing another Delta variant outbreak.

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Queensland recorded no new locally-acquired cases in the 24 hours to 6.30am on Wednesday after 12,829 tests.

However the Government’s focus has switched to encouraging a lift in vaccination rates for cities and towns lagging behind the rest of the state.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the news of no new infections in the community came nine days after the first case emerged in a cluster involving workers at an aviation company, which swelled to nine cases.

“So we have zero community cases, this is unbelievable,” she told reporters on Wednesday.

“This is great effort from everyone in Queensland doing the right thing.”

However, the Premier said there was ongoing risk from the Delta variant so it’s crucial for people to keep getting vaccinated.

She said vaccination coverage in parts of Brisbane is already above 70 per cent, but she is particularly concerned about lagging vaccination rates in Ipswich, Beaudesert, Logan, the Sunshine Coast and central Queensland.

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson urged his community to “get the jab done”, saying vaccinations were the tourism-dependent region’s ticket to a safer future.

“The sooner our community is vaccinated, the greater the likelihood that we can start to move on from the impacts of this pandemic on our jobs, our families and many of the things we enjoy,” he said.

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said it won’t be long until the virus finds its way into the state

“We will see Delta variant come in and won’t be able to be controlled, the only control will be the number of people who are vaccinated,” she said.

In Covid-ravaged NSW, there were 594 new infections and 10 more deaths recorded, while Victoria announced 1420 new cases and 11 deaths.

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