Anti-vaxxer interrupts Qld govt presser

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An anti-vaxxer has interrupted the Queensland health minister's live TV press conference leading the event to be halted.

Yvette D'Ath was speaking to media at the Cairns Esplanade as part of a vaccination drive in the far north of the state when a woman dressed in white with a large sunhat interrupted.

She claimed her friend had died and another has become disabled after receiving vaccine doses on the weekend.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration is yet to release this week's vaccine safety update, so the woman's claims cannot be verified.

However, the TGA says there have been nine deaths linked to the 34.4 million vaccine doses administered thus far in Australia since February.

Ms D'Ath told the woman she was happy to speak with her after the press conference, but the lady then started shouting.

"Why has it not been reported to people who want to know?", she yelled.

"Why has it stopped being reported?".

Ms D'Ath tried to quietly reason with the lady, who was using her phone to film the incident.

"You've said enough, explain why Margaret Miles is dead now," the woman demanded.

"And why the autopsy, they said they can't show the data if you died from an AstraZeneca."

Ms D'Ath then stood quietly while the cameras rolled as the woman continued to tell her, and journalists at the scene, to look into the cases of her friends.

She accused the journalists of ignoring the cases "because it's the ABC".

The health minister tried to start speaking about driving vaccination rates, but the woman interrupted again.

"Have a look at you, ABC, made by the government, propaganda, communism's taking over," the woman said.

Channel Seven and other networks who were livestreaming the press conference cut the feed at that point.

Commonwealth figures on Wednesday showed 78.5 per cent of eligible Queenslanders had had one dose of a vaccine, with 65.3 per cent fully vaccinated.

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