Federal Well being Minister Greg Hunt and Residence Affairs Minister Karen Andrews have collectively lashed out at Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk over her criticism of the federal Authorities’s recommendation on the AstraZeneca vaccine.
In a forceful reply, Gold Coast MP Ms Andrews mentioned Ms Palaszczuk and her deputy Stephen Miles have been trying to distract from their failures of state-run resort quarantine.
‘The rationale that we’re in lockdown right here, notably in south-east Queensland, but additionally in components of northern Queensland, are due to failures by the Palaszczuk Authorities,’ she mentioned on Wednesday afternoon.
Ms Andrews cited the Covid circumstances of the mine employee from Bendigo positioned in a resort quarantine room between two worldwide travellers and the unvaccinated receptionist from the Prince Charles Hospital as proof of her claims.
‘Clearly what Annastacia Palaszczuk is doing is ensuring … she places up a smokescreen to cover the inefficiency and ineffectiveness of quarantine that’s administered and managed by the Queensland Authorities,’ she mentioned.
Ms Andrews additionally rejected requires caps on worldwide arrivals to be decreased by Ms Palaszczuk and Mr Miles.
‘I do not suppose the weekly caps ought to be decreased,’ she mentioned.
‘I’ve mentioned for a lot of months now, that we have to study to stay and to work within the Covid atmosphere through which we discover ourselves.
‘The primary response shouldn’t be to shut down our borders. There are caps, in Queensland… about 1,000 every week to return in. NSW, is about 3,000 every week to return in.
‘It is fairly frankly not rather a lot. We do want to have the ability to return Australians and they are going to be coming in underneath these caps.’
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk supplies a Covid replace throughout a press convention in Brisbane on Wednesday
Federal Well being Minister Greg Hunt mentioned regardless of the claims of the Queensland authorities, medical recommendation had not modified and continued to be the ‘guiding gentle’ for the vaccine rollout
She mentioned round 80 per cent of returning travellers to Australia have been both Australian residents, everlasting residents or speedy members of the family, and defended resort quarantine as ‘an efficient technique of quarantining travellers returning to this nation.’
Mr Hunt mentioned medical recommendation from ATAGI (Australian Technical Advisory Group) had not modified and continued to be the ‘guiding gentle’ for the vaccine rollout, regardless of the Queensland Authorities’s name for underneath 40s to disregard the federal Authorities and never take the AstraZeneca vaccine.
‘ATAGI’s (Australian Technical Advisory Group) recommendation is “Covid-19 vaccine AstraZeneca can be utilized in adults aged underneath 60 years of age for whom Pfizer shouldn’t be obtainable”,’ he mentioned.
‘The advantages are prone to outweigh the dangers for that particular person.
‘And the particular person has made an knowledgeable determination based mostly on an understanding of the dangers and advantages. So there isn’t a change within the medical recommendation, that continues to be our information.’
Mr Hunt famous that Queensland Well being had administered 89,000 doses of AstraZeneca.
Two ladies strolling in Brisbane throughout Brisbane’s Covid lockdown on Wednesday
Kids journey bikes alongside Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast on Wednesday throughout day one among south-east Queensland’s three-day lockdown
Folks exercising at Southbank in Brisbane – 3.5 million persons are affected by the three-day lockdown
Earlier, Queensland introduced three new circumstances on the primary day of its snap three-day lockdown affecting 3.5million individuals however in a rare press convention, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk rapidly turned to attacking the Morrison authorities’s new suggestions for AstraZeneca and other people underneath the age of 40.
‘There was no nationwide cupboard determination about offering AstraZeneca to the underneath 40s,’ the Premier mentioned.
‘My message to Queenslanders right this moment is please hearken to Dr Younger and hearken to the well being consultants relating to the vaccine.
‘In the mean time, the recommendation is for individuals aged 40 to 59 to get Pfizer, and other people 60 and over to get AstraZeneca.
‘There was no nationwide cupboard determination about AstraZeneca being given to underneath 40s.’
Ms Palaszczuk cited a BBC report from the UK that underneath 40s could be provided options to the AstraZeneca vaccine due to clotting fears.
‘I don’t need underneath 40s getting AstraZeneca,’ Chief Well being Officer Dr Jeannette Younger reiterated.
‘It’s uncommon, however they’re at elevated threat of getting the uncommon clotting syndrome. We have seen as much as 49 deaths within the UK from that syndrome.
‘I do not need an 18-year-old in Queensland dying from a clotting sickness who, in the event that they acquired Covid, in all probability would not die.’
‘Nationwide cupboard mentioned that there was an indemnity for docs,’ Ms Palaszczuk mentioned.
‘So, that could be very clear that nationwide cupboard didn’t make that call. I might wish to ask the prime minister, did his cupboard make that call?’
In early June Ms Palaszczuk, 51, acquired the Pfizer vaccine regardless of recommendation on the time that over 50s ought to obtain the AstraZeneca vaccine.
She cited her must attend the Tokyo Olympics as a part of Brisbane’s bid for the Video games in 2032 as the rationale for ready for the Pfizer dose. The AstraZeneca vaccine requires 12 weeks between doses, versus Pfizer’s 21-day high up.
Deputy Premier Steven Miles mentioned the prime minister’s revised AstraZeneca recommendation for these underneath 40 put Queenslanders ‘in danger’.
‘There’s some dialogue that the Commonwealth may even present their very own vaccination hubs in order that they will get AstraZeneca vaccines out to youthful individuals regardless of that vaccine not being really helpful,’ he mentioned.
‘That might be very dangerous.’
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian was requested about her Queensland counterpart’s feedback throughout her day by day Covid replace.
‘Can I simply make the purpose that the New South Wales Authorities at all times follows the well being recommendation and the well being recommendation from the federal regulatory our bodies is that these over 60 ought to be getting AstraZeneca,’ she mentioned.
‘We are going to settle for anyone over 60 who desires AstraZeneca and settle for anyone getting their second shot, however past that, it is best to discuss to your GP.’
‘I don’t need under-40s getting AstraZeneca,’ Queensland’s Chief Well being Officer Dr Jeannette Younger advised the press convention
A person and his son play on Principal Seaside on the Gold Coast on Wednesday throughout south-east Queensland’s lockdown
The three Queensland circumstances introduced right this moment are regionally acquired and shut contacts of current circumstances.
One is the brother of the lady who labored at Prince Charles Hospital and who was introduced as a case on Tuesday.
One other is a detailed contact of the Portuguese restaurant cluster recognized final week, who was already in quarantine.
A 3rd one is a detailed contact of the Virgin crew member who flew to the Gold Coast, additionally final week.
‘This is excellent information,’ Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk mentioned. ‘So now we have 42 energetic circumstances [in Queensland].’
The Premier once more criticised the federal Authorities over the confusion relating to the vaccine roll-out and AstraZeneca for underneath 40s.
‘I wish to discuss vaccinations,’ she mentioned. ‘We would like Queenslanders to get vaccinated. However there may be some clear tips which were put in place by the Chief Well being Officer, ATAGI, and the AMA.’
Mr Miles mentioned Queensland was days away from working out of the Pfizer vaccine.
‘And if that have been to occur, we would wish to sluggish our profitable vaccine rollout,’ he mentioned.
‘We requested extra Pfizer vaccines from the Commonwealth, as they offered to Victoria, however that request has been declined.’
A nurse conducts a Covid take a look at on the Gold Coast on Wednesday throughout the space’s first day of lockdown
A ladies pushing a pram is seen crossing an empty Elizabeth Road throughout lockdown in Brisbane on Wednesday
Folks ready for Covid testing are seen lined up of their vehicles at Highgate Hill in Brisbane
Ms Palaszczuk additionally adopted up on her feedback yesterday about abroad arrivals.
‘I keep we have to scale back our caps of individuals coming in,’ she mentioned.
‘It is individuals coming in from abroad or leaving Australia and coming again for an entire vary of functions, I’ve by no means mentioned that weak Australians shouldn’t be allowed to return residence.’
‘Susceptible Australians, it ought to be going via the Federal Authorities, and a objective devoted facility referred to as Howard Springs to cope with [them].
‘However there’s a lot of individuals travelling abroad for enterprise, for an entire vary of causes, and there is questions that should be answered about why they aren’t vaccinated leaving, and in addition if persons are coming to Australia, why are they not getting their vaccinations?’
Mr Miles mentioned 223 worldwide travellers arrived in Queensland yesterday.
‘The borders are usually not genuinely closed,’ he mentioned.
‘The federal Authorities’s personal information, confirms that 1000’s of persons are being allowed to journey right here who are usually not stranded Aussies.’
‘In reality, final month, 20,000 non-Australians arrived in Australia, permitted by the Morrison authorities, half of these on quick time period short-term visas.’
Ms Palaszczuk additionally used the replace to elucidate that the 19-year-old hospital employee who sparked the lockdown had not adopted a directive to vaccinate and had now examined optimistic to the Delta variant of the virus.
‘There was a route in place and the route wasn’t adopted,’ she mentioned. ‘It wasn’t a suggestion, it wasn’t a precept, it was a route.
‘So there shall be a full investigation into that.’
Well being Minister Yvette D’ath responded to claims her division had failed in relation to the younger girl.
‘I consider that somebody has failed right here, sure, and there shall be an investigation as a result of this particular person ought to haven’t been working and not using a vaccination.’
The ill-fated journey of the 19-year-old girl who sparked Queensland’s three-day lockdown
Masked ladies exercising whereas on the Gold Coast, Tuesday, as South-East Queensland entered a three-day lockdown
A vaccination clinic at Slacks Creek, Brisbane on June 29, as south-east Queensland entered a three-day lockdown
Ms D’ath mentioned on ABC Radio that the lady from Sandgate ought to have been vaccinated given her place on the hospital.
She mentioned everybody in Queensland Well being had been offered the chance to get vaccinated.
‘I am not conscious that she refused it, I feel she simply did not take up the chance,’ she mentioned.
Earlier on Wednesday morning, Dr Younger mentioned on ABC Radio in North Queensland that the brother of the hospital employee had travelled together with his sister and their household to Magnetic Island by way of Townsville.
She confirmed they commuted to Magnetic Island by barge of their automobile and did not go into the ferry terminal, lowering the chance of transmission on the island.
The 19-year-old labored outdoors the Prince Charles Hospital’s Covid clinic, finishing shifts on Tuesday and Wednesday final week regardless of experiencing signs of the virus.
She travelled along with her household from Brisbane to Townsville on Thursday, June 24, earlier than visiting Magnetic Island till Sunday June 27 after which returning to Brisbane.
The lady had now been linked to 19 publicity websites. Newly added have been visits to the Athlete’s Foot, Insurgent Sport and Nation Highway shops at Chermside buying centre, and the Shaw Park Tennis Centre at Wooloowin on the afternoon of Monday, June 28.
Yesterday, Dr Younger mentioned the 19-year-old holidaymaker had been symptomatic since Monday, June 21.
‘That is 10 days locally infectious… we want individuals to take this significantly.’
The Nation Highway retailer at Chermside buying centre on the afternoon of Monday, June 28 is listed as one of many new publicity websites
Australia’s new Covid outbreak has left half the inhabitants in lockdown (above)
TEEN’S 10 INFECTIOUS DAYS IN QUEENSLAND
Sunday, June 20, 9.30am-10.30am: Sandgate Woolworths
Bay Well being Gymnasium from 10am-12pm on the identical day.
Tues-Wed, June 22-23: Prince Charles Hospital from 3:00pm to 10:00pm on the Tuesday and Wednesday final week.
Thursday, June 24: The lady travelled along with her household on VA369 from Brisbane to Townsville on at 10:00am. They have been in Brisbane Airport for an hour prior after which once they landed at Townsville airport and stayed on the Cafe Brewery within the airport for an hour
Thursday, June 24-Solar June 27: Magnetic Island.
Sunday, June 27: Travelled from Magnetic Island again to Townsville. They went to the Sunday morning markets in Townsville Metropolis late morning, then caught VA374 from Townsville to Brisbane on Sunday, June 27, touchdown at Brisbane Airport at 2.55pm
The contaminated 19-year-old hospital employee visited Sandgate Woolworths (pictured) whereas infectious
Magnetic Island (pictured) has been locked down on account of the teenager’s actions
South-east Queensland, Townsville, Magnetic Island and neighbouring Palm Island stay in lockdown till 6pm Friday.
Lockdown restrictions got here into impact in Queensland final night time, together with a restrict of 20 individuals at a funeral, 10 individuals at a marriage, and no dancing or singing.
There shall be a restrict of two guests in houses along with individuals already residing there.
Eating places and cafes will solely be allowed to offer take away for residence supply.
Cinemas, leisure and leisure venues, magnificence and private care companies, and gymnasiums will all be closed.
The lockdown means Queenslanders within the affected areas can solely go away residence for one among 4 causes: important training and work that can not be carried out at residence or to acquire well being care companies, together with getting a vaccination.
Care or assist of a weak member of the family, important buying in your local people, or exercising with no multiple particular person are additionally permitted.
The state says resort quarantine for worldwide travellers is Australia’s best single supply of Covid-19, and has accused the Commonwealth of letting in too many foreigners