Ms Palaszczuk has remained tight-lipped on when she will open the Sunshine State to COVID-riddled New South Wales and Victoria, with many hoping the border restrictions will be eased before December 25, allowing families across the country to reunite for the holiday period.
The Premier then referred to Christmas as she issued a “message” to unvaccinated Queenslanders on Wednesday night.
“We’ve all done all we can to keep you safe – but this next step is up to you,” the Premier said.
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“We cannot protect you if you won’t protect yourself. I need you to get vaccinated and I need you to do it now.
“It takes five weeks from the first dose to be completely vaccinated.
“Five weeks from today is the 17th of November – that’s getting very close to Christmas.”
Ms Palaszczuk then advised residents to visit a Queensland Health hub, pharmacy or GP to get jabbed.
“We’re counting on Queenslanders to keep staying safe – let’s get it done.”
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Last Monday, Health Minister Yvette D’Ath hinted when Queensland could reopen its borders to NSW and Victoria as she implored residents to get vaccinated.
“If someone wants a target, the target is getting yourself protected in the next five to six weeks,” she said during Monday’s COVID-19 daily press conference,” she said.
“That is your mission, get yourself protected and that helps protect our whole community and allows us to open up.”
Ms D’Ath’s five to six week deadline was the first suggestion of a relaxation of the border rules after Ms Palaszczuk repeatedly refused to set a date.
“We’ll work on the national plan and the Premier will keep working with her interstate colleagues and the chief health officers will discuss those risks and what we can do to open up more,” she said.
But there are concerns regional Queensland could hold back the rest of the state with some areas not expected to hit vaccination targets until 2022.
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Ms Palaszczuk’s plea on Wednesday night also came amid reports thousands of Pfizer vaccine doses were being wasted in parts of Brisbane.
According to The Courier Mail, the Brisbane North Primary Health Network (PHN) emailed GPs this week to say about 1300 vials of the Pfizer vaccine, containing an estimated 7800 doses, would be thrown out if doctors could not administer them.
As of Tuesday, 71 per cent of the eligible population across Queensland have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine and 54.1 per cent are fully vaccinated.

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