Queensland records no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 as Bunnings vaccination clinics open

Queensland has recorded no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, as the state turns to a novel way to increase vaccination rates.Treasurer Cameron Dick held this morning’s press conference at a Bunnings warehouse in Logan, south of Brisbane.Pop-up vaccination clinics will be available for the first time today at 33 Bunnings stores across the state, as the state turns to novel ways to boost vaccination rates.Queensland COVID-19 snapshotIn the past 24 hours:Locally acquired cases: 0Other sources: 3Tests: 7,335Queensland’s vaccine roll-out (percentage of those eligible):First dose: 71.73 per centSecond dose: 55.51 per centLatest information from Queensland Health.The clinics will be based in car parks at locations in Brisbane, Logan, the Gold Coast, Gympie, Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Townsville and Mackay.Mr Dick said while Queenslanders were “heading in the right direction”, he urged those needing to be vaccinated to “grab a vax, grab a snag”.”We know with COVID running rife that it is only a matter of time … that the Delta variant will come to Queensland,” he said.Of eligible Queenslanders, 71.73 per cent have had one dose of a COVID vaccine, while 55.5 per cent are fully inoculated.Queensland has the second-worst vaccination rate in the country, ahead of only Western Australia.Logan Mayor Darren Power said Logan was falling behind on vaccination rates.”We’ve run out of excuses at Logan. People are going to get off their backsides and get vaccinated,” Mr Power said.Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young it was the most important thing to do this weekend.Border restrictions for Tasmanian travellersQueensland will require anyone arriving from 12 local government areas in Tasmania to enter hotel quarantine from 1:00am Sunday.LIVE UPDATES: Read our blog for the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemicTasmanians in Hobart and the state’s south are waking up today to the first day of a snap three-day lockdown.Dr Young said any Queenslanders who have already arrived or are arriving before tomorrow should monitor their health and get tested immediately if they experience symptoms.”I strongly recommend that at this point in time, anyone who is planning to go down to Tasmania, does reconsider whether it’s necessary to do so,” she said.More to come.

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