Queensland has the lowest first dose vaccination rate of any jurisdiction in the nation, with 79.3 per cent of residents aged 16 and over having received their first COVID-19 jab, federal government figures released on Saturday show.  
Nationwide, 89.2 per cent have had their first dose administered. 
“The Premier has been asleep at the wheel, I mean, her big idea to put jabs in arms was around Bunnings,” Mr Littleproud said on Saturday. 
He said former Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young telling under 40s not to get the AstraZeneca vaccine had not helped uptake, adding Dr Young and Ms Palaszczuk “themselves were one of the last public officials to get the jab”.
“So Queenslanders have shunned the jab, and now we’re realising that we’re in catch-up mode and the premier and the state government are trying to catch up with gimmicks that really, they’ve left us all high and dry,” Mr Littleproud said.  
Queensland authorities teamed up with Bunnings last month to offer pop-up vaccine clinics at dozens of the hardware giant’s stores across the state to help boost vaccination rates. 
This week it was announced 7,000 food and beverage vouchers worth $10 each were being offered to entice Queenslanders to roll up their sleeves and get their first dose of the COVID-19 jab.  
Queensland is set to begin easing domestic border restrictions on November 19, before quarantine is removed for New South Wales, Victoria and Australian Capital Territory residents on December 17. 
The easing of restrictions is contingent on vaccine targets being met, with warnings one million Queenslanders will be exposed to COVID-19 when the state reopens its border. 
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“Over a million Queenslanders could be susceptible to COVID once Delta hits, and it will hit, we’ll get a dose of Delta very soon,” Mr Littleproud, the Liberal National Party Member for Maranoa, said.
“There’s no way around that, and the fact that the state government have been dragging their heels on vaccinations means that Queenslanders have been exposed.
“But we’re also exposed to the fact that we’re locked away from loved ones, as is Western Australia. And at some point these Premiers are going to have to trust one another and have to get on to the job which they’ve been tasked with, which is putting jabs in people’s arms.” 
Mr Littleproud, who is currently quarantining at his home in Warwick after being in federal parliament last week, said states with lagging vaccination rates are paying the price for their lacklustre efforts. 
Highly inoculated New South Wales and Victoria are already welcoming back overseas arrivals without requiring them to quarantine. 
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“I’ve got to say I’m luckier than most. I’m not having to be in a hotel. But, you know, this is to a juncture where the states that have done the least on vaccinations are paying the price,” Mr Littleproud said.
“And you know, we haven’t got COVID here at the moment, but it will come. When we get a dose of Delta here in Queensland, it’s going to sweep right across Queensland.” 
Ms Palaszczuk on Saturday took to social media to implore residents to get vaccinated.
“Queensland recorded another case of COVID-19 in the community overnight. The case is linked to the Goondiwindi outbreak and, unfortunately, the person was not vaccinated,” she said. 
“Queenslanders, we need you to get vaccinated before the virus spreads. The window of time is very limited – that’s why we’re asking you to protect yourself now. Do it for your family, your friends, for your fellow Queenslanders.” 

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