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Queensland’s chief health official believes testing has helped the state weed out the delta variant of Covid-19 as authorities urge more people to get vaccinated.
Queensland reported no new locally acquired cases for a third consecutive day on Saturday after more than 11,000 tests.
With the risk of recent outbreaks in the Delta waning, chief health official Janet Young He says Queensland’s luck in getting rid of the virus is tied to testing.
Young believes people have “came out in droves” to get tested, allowing authorities to quickly identify standard cases.
“That’s why…it makes a big difference, that people are just willing to go out and get tested, and then we find them,” she told reporters on Saturday.
“That 13-year-old who had a headache (in the Sunnybank group), I still couldn’t believe she applied, so we quickly hit the top of that group. Other people who have no idea they might get it, come forward and get tested. So I think that’s probably one of the biggest differences in Queensland.”
Minister of Health Yvette Dath State-run vaccination centers said they delivered another 20,811 doses on Friday with the proportion of Queenslanders eligible to receive the first dose at 69.27% with 51.06% fully vaccinated.
The state government is holding another Super Pfizer weekend, allowing entries to have a jab on Saturday and Sunday.
While Queensland has not set a date or target for a vaccination to reopen state borders, Dath said on Friday that more people are taking a knockout “as we talk about Christmas, while we talk about opening borders”.
She urged anyone who has not yet received their first vaccine to do so before the Delta strain spreads in Queensland.
“Those people who have been sitting and going…we don’t have an outbreak here, I can wait…the time is up,” the health minister said.
“It will take five to six weeks before people get full protection if they are vaccinated today, and we don’t know what five or six weeks will look like in November.”