Qld govt annoyed by quarantine camp delay

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Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has again called on the federal government to back her plan for a regional quarantine camp.

The Wagner Group wants to build a coronavirus quarantine facility at Wellcamp Airport near Toowoomba, which would host up to 1000 travellers and 300 staff.

The state supports the project, which could be up and running within 14 weeks, saying it will reduce the risk of COVID-19 outbreaks in cities.

Ms Palaszczuk scoffed at reports the Prime Minister's Officer's office is still waiting for formal proposal.

"This is just ridiculous - the departments are talking at length about these issues, and it makes logical sense," she told reporters on Tuesday.

"The federal government should just get on with it."

Ms Palaszczuk said the quarantine camp plan depends on whether the Commonwealth will allow international flights to land at Wellcamp.

However, she couldn't say if the regional camp would allow Queensland to take more international arrivals.

The state currently has capacity for 1000 to 1300 travellers in hotel quarantine.

The vaccine rollout began at the Gold Coast University Hospital on Monday where 203 people received the jab.

That's more than double the 100 that Queensland Health had originally planned for.

Health Minister Yvette D'Ath said vaccinations would start in southern Brisbane on Wednesday before a Cairns hub begins work on Friday.

Hubs in northern Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and Townsville will start administering the shot next week.

Ms D'Ath said people in those areas will get the Pfizer vaccine, while those living outside the southeast, Townsville and Cairns will get the AstraZeneca jab.

She urged people to be patient with the plan to vaccinate every Queenslander.

"We must remain patient with the TGA providing provisional approval for the AstraZeneca vaccine to be provided to Australians," she said.

"Our message to Queenslanders is clear - any Queenslander that wants a vaccination will receive one when their turn comes."

Queensland reported no new virus cases on Tuesday after 6176 tests in the previous 24 hours.

There are seven active COVID-19 cases in the state.