Mass vaccination centre to open as Qld records four cases of COVID-19 in the community | ABC News

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Queensland will open its largest mass vaccination hub in two days’ time, as the state recorded four new local cases of COVID-19 overnight.

Authorities said the new site at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre will “supercharge” the Pfizer vaccination rate, with hopes they will be able to administer 3,000 doses per day at the facility by the weekend.

Everyone over the age of 16 has been invited to register to get a jab.

The announcement comes as all of today’s four locally acquired cases were detected in home quarantine and linked to the existing Indooroopilly cluster.

“It’s the sort of news we want to wake up to,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

A fifth case was recorded in hotel quarantine.

The total number of actives cases is now 153, with 12,364 people in home quarantine and 26,394 tests conducted in the past 24 hours.

Today marks the first full day since stay-at-home orders were lifted for 11 south-east Queensland local government areas although Cairns and Yarrabah entered their own snap three-day lockdown.

Ms Palaszczuk said “very good detective work” in Cairns had confirmed the taxi driver, who tested positive yesterday, was linked to the marine pilot who tested positive last week.

“The marine pilot actually travelled in that person’s taxi,” she said.

“A lot of contact tracing is now happening of course with those exposure sites but it is great to know that linkage has been done, honestly great work by our Queensland Health staff.”

Dr Young said it was critical that people in Cairns and the Gold Coast came forward to get tested so authorities could detect any other chains of transmission.

“Any symptoms at all, don’t wait for a call from Queensland Health,” she said.

“For Cairns, it’s vital that you are now in lockdown for three days while we work out all the contact of this taxi driver and we go back and reassess all the contact of that pilot, who brings ships in through the reef.”

It comes as a positive case of COVID-19, a man in his 50s, was detected at Lismore Base hospital, after travelling from Sydney to Byron Bay.

Queensland Health said late on Monday the man had not entered Queensland during his infectious period.

Byron Shire, Richmond Valley, Lismore and Ballina Shire LGAs have gone into lockdown until August 17.

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