The article below is taken from the Queensland Government website and provides some very useful information about the COVID-19 vaccines and the Queensland rollout. If you have any further questions, please call our office on 07 5531 3205.
Queensland will have two COVID-19 vaccines available: Pfizer from late February and AstraZeneca from March. They are both safe and effective and offer strong protection against COVID-19.
Having a COVID-19 vaccine is an important step to take to reduce the serious effects of COVID-19 in people who become infected with the virus. Current evidence shows that people who have received a COVID-19 vaccine have a much lower chance of developing more serious symptoms from COVID-19. This is compared to those who did not get the vaccine.
Even though the COVID-19 vaccine has been shown to be very effective there is still a chance you may get COVID-19. No vaccine is 100% effective.
However, it is important to understand that the COVID-19 vaccines will not infect you with the COVID-19 virus, because the vaccines do not contain live COVID-19 virus.
The COVID-19 vaccines will be voluntary and free.
The vaccines are designed to trigger our immune system to make antibodies to the spike protein of the virus. This means if you were to ever get the COVID-19 virus, your body is better prepared to fight the illness.
Importantly, even after vaccination, Queenslanders will still be encouraged to wash their hands regularly and maintain physical distance to help protect yourself and others.
For more information please read the Queensland COVID-19 vaccine information resource.
During development, vaccines are tested on thousands of volunteers through a number of phased trials which are designed to assesses the vaccine for safety and side effects and demonstrate:
No testing phase has been skipped during the development of the COVID-19 vaccines. Some of the testing phases have been combined or run at the same time to help test COVID-19 vaccines quickly and make them available as soon as possible.
Only COVID-19 vaccines which have been approved by the TGA will be provided in Australia.
The vaccine is given via an injection into your upper arm by a health professional who has been trained in giving the COVID-19 vaccine.
To get the full benefit of the vaccine you will need two injections, at least several weeks apart.
COVID-19 vaccinations will be given in a planned, staged approach. Those who are at higher risk of getting COVID-19 or of severe illness if they get COVID-19 will receive the COVID-19 vaccine first.
You must not get a COVID-19 vaccine if you have had any of the following:
If you have ever had a severe allergic reaction or anaphylaxis to anything else, including after receiving a vaccine, you can still get the vaccine, but you must tell the immunisation provider beforehand.
At this stage, COVID-19 vaccines are not routinely recommended to be given during pregnancy as there is limited experience with the use of COVID-19 vaccines in pregnant women. As we learn more about the vaccines, this advice may change.
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before you receive this vaccine.
All medicines and vaccines can cause side effects. If you do experience any side effects, most of them are minor and temporary. However, some side effects may need medical attention. Read about potential COVID-19 vaccine side effects.
Queensland’s vaccine strategy is guided by the COVID-19 vaccine National roll-out strategy. The Queensland rollout aims to protect our most vulnerable Queenslanders, protect and maintain a robust health system and contain COVID-19 at our international borders by protecting priority frontline health care, border and quarantine workers.
We aim to give every eligible Queenslander the opportunity to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible.
Frontline health care and quarantine workers, residents in care facilities
Estimated population: 125k, up to 250k doses
Individuals with higher risks
Estimated population: 1.049m, up to 2.098m doses
Individuals with moderate risks
Estimated population: 1.255m, up to 2.51m doses
Rest of adult population
Estimated population: 1.496m, up to 2.992m doses
Children and young adults
People under the age of 18 if recommended
Estimated population: 1.177m, up to 2.354m doses
Every hospital and health service in Queensland will be providing vaccinations in Phase 1a. The rollout will begin with the Pfizer vaccine at the following locations:
Source: Queensland Government Website: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/protect-yourself-others/covid-19-vaccine