COVID-19 UPDATE: August 21

Published 10:00am 21 August 2021

COVID-19 UPDATE: August 21
Words by Kylie Knight

There are no new community cases of COVID-19 today as the Health Minister announces a new vaccination clinic for Indigenous people at Redcliffe, opening today. 

There have been two overseas-acquired COVID-19 detected in hotel quarantine taking the total number of active cases to 51 in Queensland.

More than 11,000 tests have been conducted in the past 24 hours and more than 19,000 people were vaccinated yesterday.

"I'm thrilled to see people come out in large numbers to get their vaccination," Ms D'Ath said.

She said 45.24 per cent of the eligible population had had their first dose and 26.8 per cent had already had their second.

At Redcliffe Hospital this morning, Ms D'Ath launched the Make the Choice campaign, which aims to lift the rates of vaccination among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Ms D'Ath said the rate across Queensland was half that of the general population and the time to get vaccinated was now.

"We need the rates of vaccination to be the same level as everywhere else in Queensland for everyone else in Queensland," she said.

"I know that we can do it.

"The Moreton Bay Region has the third highest population of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in South East Queensland, so they're just as vulnerable as anywhere else across the state."

A clinic will be operating at Caboolture as well and details will be provided on the Make the Choice website.

Vaccination clinics at Redcliffe and Caboolture

A dedicated COVID-19 vaccination clinic is starting at Redcliffe Hospital for those who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander – or are part of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander families. The clinic will be at the Moreton Bay Integrated Care Centre on the hospital campus.

Those wanting to receive a vaccine do not need to book an appointment and can just turn up.

The clinic will be open between 10am and 2.30pm on:

• Saturday 21 August

• Saturday 28 August

• Saturday 4 September

• Saturday 11 September

• Saturday 18 September

• Saturday 25 September

Indigenous Health Liaison Officers will be at the vaccination clinic on these days to assist.

A walk in clinic for First Nations families will also run today at the Caboolture Square Shopping Centre community vaccination centre from noon to 4pm.

Phone 3049 6791 or 3049 9734 if you’d like to speak to the Indigenous Hospital Liaison team for more information – or if you’d like to book your vaccination for a particular time.

COVID-19 vaccines are available on other days by visiting the website or by phoning 134 COVID (13 42 68)

You can also contact your local IUIH MATSICHS clinic or speak with your GP about other ways to access a COVID-19 vaccination.

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