Qld Health Minister's plea for 12 to 15-year-old's to get vaccinated ahead of school year

Queensland parents are being urged to get their high school aged children vaccinated against COVID-19 ahead of the new school year.

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27/01/2022 4:33:00 AM

Queensland Health Minister Yvette D'Ath has urged parents to get their children vaccinated with the inoculation rate 'still too low' ahead of the new school year.

Queensland parents are being urged to get their high school aged children vaccinated against COVID-19 ahead of the new school year.

Less than 70 per cent of students in that age group have received two doses of the vaccine. "The numbers are still too low, these kids are going back to high school very soon," Ms D'Ath said.  "And what we don't need is them to be more at risk of contracting it and spreading it to others and of course hospitalisation."

The first dose vaccination rate for the five to 11-year-old cohort is 29.6 per cent.  Students will be heading back to the classroom from February 7 after the return to school date was pushed back by two weeks due to the state's Omicron wave.

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Health Minister Yvette D'Ath on Thursday said the inculcation rate for 12 to 15-year-old's was not as high as authorities would like as students prepare to return to the classroom. Less than 70 per cent of students in that age group have received two doses of the vaccine.  "The numbers are still too low, these kids are going back to high school very soon," Ms D'Ath said.   "And what we don't need is them to be more at risk of contracting it and spreading it to others and of course hospitalisation." The first dose vaccination rate for the five to 11-year-old cohort is 29.6 per cent.   Students will be heading back to the classroom from February 7 after the return to school date was pushed back by two weeks due to the state's Omicron wave. The state government will release a detailed COVID-safe plan for schools in the coming days, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said. Ms Palaszczuk said she wanted to wait until she could announce the plan alongside Education Minister Grace Grace, who is currently isolating after contracting COVID-19.  But the move was criticised by shadow education minister Christian Rowan. "Whilst I wish the Minister well in her recovery from COVID-19, I believe not another day can go by where the State Government doesn’t provide a comprehensive plan," he said. "The state government has got its priorities wrong on this. Why does it matter who makes the announcement? The only person who seems to care about who makes the announcement is the Premier." Queensland recorded 11,600 COVID-19 cases and 15 deaths on Thursday. Hospitalisation numbers have continued to decline, down from 889 patients on Wednesday and 928 on Tuesday. 795 new junior doctors will join the frontline throughout January to help strengthen Queensland’s public health system. These junior doctors represent the next generation of frontline health workers.