Ms Palaszczuk hit out at the Morrison government on Wednesday after Mr Hunt made contact with Pfizer over vaccine eligibility for children.
Pfizer recently announced its vaccine was effective for kids between the age of five and 11 when administered a third of the amount given to people aged over 12.
Ms Palaszczuk has been a vocal advocate for the need to protect children arguing COVID-19 had become a “pandemic of the unvaccinated”.
“You open up this state, and you let the virus in here and every child under 12 is vulnerable, every single child,” Ms Palaszczuk said in question time in September.
But on Wednesday the Premier said Queenslanders should feel “vindicated” after the Health Minister urged Pfizer to consider seeking approval from the Therapeutic Goods Administration for its vaccine to be used for children.
“I raised very clearly that there was an issue, and we needed a plan for young children between the ages of five and eleven who weren’t vaccinated,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“I was loudly criticised from all sections of the media I was attacked relentlessly by the federal government.
“I think it is very disappointing that all I’m trying to do is protect this state, to protect our children.”
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Following Pfizer’s announcement that it had applied for US authorisation, Mr Hunt wrote to the American pharmaceutical company encouraging them to do the same.
“I am heartened by your advice that trials of the Pfizer vaccine are showing promise in children under the age of 12,” the Health Minister said to Pfizer.
“I note the announcement that Pfizer International is now intending to apply for regulatory approval of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children aged five to 12.
“I encourage and invite Pfizer to submit a parallel application to the TGA [Therapeutic Goods Administration] for Australian regulatory approval at the earliest possible time.”
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The Queensland Premier hit out at Mr Hunt, claiming she was “criticised for no reason” by the Commonwealth.
“I just want to say to Queenslanders that I will always protect you and do what I think is right,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“But I will not be criticised for no reason and then for the federal government to pick up on what I’ve been saying, I would like an apology from Greg Hunt.
“To be attacked relentlessly I think Queenslanders now should feel vindicated that the federal government has looked at the international research and is now doing something about it.”

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