From today, children aged five to 11 are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk urged Queenslanders to book in or visit walk-in vaccination clinics throughout the state today.
“The Omicron variant is spreading rapidly in our community but particularly among our young people,” the Premier said.
“If your child is aged five to 11, I encourage you to get them vaccinated as soon as possible.
“It’s up to us to protect our most vulnerable.
“The last thing I want to see are Queensland children sick in hospital with COVID-19.
“Vaccinations remain our best defence. Whether it’s your local GP, pharmacy, vaccination clinic or Aboriginal Health Clinic – please take your child to get vaccinated.”
Health and Ambulance Services Minister Yvette D’Ath said parents should book their children in as soon as possible.
“It’s really critical you take your kids to get their COVID-19 vaccination as soon as you can, so they have a layer of protection before school begins for 2022,” she said.
“By logging on to the Queensland Government’s website, a parent, carer or guardian is able to easily book a vaccination appointment for their child.
“We’ve already seen an excellent uptake in vaccination bookings from this age group, with more than 26,666 kids in this cohort scheduled to receive their first dose over the next two weeks.”
Ms D’Ath thanked the community in advance for their patience while the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination continued.
“Protecting Queenslanders has been our number one priority,” she said.
“The continued rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination is no small feat, however, with the help of the community, our stakeholders and vaccination partners we have reached 87.8 per cent double dose for people aged 16 and older.
“This high double dose percentage figure shows we have consistently been putting jabs into arms.
“I’d also like to remind parents we are in the middle of summer, so it is really important to bring your hat and some water for the family, as well as any activities that might help pass the time for the little ones.”
Parents and carers can log on to the Queensland Government’s vaccination booking page to make an appointment for their child.